Elk calving season in Yellowstone reason for caution

WYOMING — Rangers in Yellowstone National Park are reminding visitors to give elk plenty of space this time of year.

Sure, grizzly bears and bison are formidable animals and capable of causing injury or even death. But don’t discount a protective cow elk during calving season.

Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may charge or kick. Visitors are encouraged to stay alert and look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots. Cow elk sometimes like to bed their calves near buildings and cars.

Keep at least 25 yards from elk at all times. If an elk charges, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.

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