YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — Elk mating season is underway in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and their calls are providing the soundtrack to autumn.

On Monday, Yellowstone National Park (YNP) shared an up-close video of a bull elk strutting his stuff, providing a glimpse of what an elk looks like when he bugles.

Elk mating season, also known as the rut, will continue into October.

YNP advises visitors to stay far away from bull elk as they demonstrate the aggressive behaviors associated with mating season.

The park shared these key reminders:

  • Stay away, stay safe! Bull elk are unpredictable during this time of year and people have been severely injured. Elk run quickly and may change direction without warning.
  • You are responsible for your own safety. Stay at least 25 yards (two bus lengths) from elk. If an elk approaches you, back away immediately.
  • If an elk charges you:
    • Quickly find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier.
    • Run away if nearby shelter is not available.
  • Give them room, use your zoom. Never approach or pursue animals to take their picture. Lenses with focal lengths of 300mm or greater are recommended for adequate reach.
  • Follow directions from park rangers.

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