The Sound of AutumnAs the days grow short and temperatures dip, bull elk feel the nudge of autumn. Instinct and experience guide them. Ready to compete, bulls pierce the air with bugling - their distinctive mating calls.Gathering and Guarding a HaremRobust bulls rely on more than muscle to compete in the rut. Herding skills and a spirited attitude are vital, along with a stout pair of antlers. A bull must defend his harem of cows - sometimes to the death - or risk losing them.While two bulls battle, other bulls sneak in to whisk cows away. Unattended females often wander, only to be herded again. For more than a month, mature bull elk have very little time for food or rest. The rut demands full attention.Bugle Calls in the FortLong before soldiers arrived to protect Yellowstone's wonders, or built Fort Yellowstone, or graced the parade grounds with bugle calls, bull elk sounded their own bugles.Elk are wild and unpredictable. They roam freely in the park today, as they did on 1886 when soldiers first marched into Mammoth Hot Springs.Too Close!During the rut, bull elk are agitated and extremely dangerous, even when resting. Elk are quick and powerful. Keep your distance.Stay at least 25 yards (23 m) from elk at all times.
|Placed By||000National Park Service|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, September 21st, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||12T E 523638 N 4980379|
|Decimal Degrees||44.97646667, -110.70020000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 58.588', W 110° 42.012'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 58' 35.28" N, 110° 42' 0.72" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling North|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 61 N Entrance Rd, Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, US|
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