Cow Elk Gives Birth Near Park Headquarters

27 Jul

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// Yellowstone National Park holds a summer elk population of over 30,000 and a winter population ranging between 15,000 and 22,000. Yellowstone is home to more elk than any other place in the world and these elk have been feasting this area for more than a thousand years. As fall approaches the cries of the mighty bull elk echo through the forest. It’s mating season and the biggest, loudest, strongest bull gets the females. By November the annual “rut” or mating season is over and then comes the wait for early summer. As the last of the snow melts, momma elk make themselves sparse as they find a quiet comfortable place to give birth to their young….but not every cow stays hidden during this special time.

Here we find a cow elk giving birth to her calf right next to the Administration building at Yellowstone National Park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs!  You can see how wildlife and people can live together harmoniously.  This may be one of the few places in the Yellowstone area where a cow elk can safely have her calf without it being eaten immediately by a grizzly or a wolf!

What an amazing site!

Visit Yellowstone National Park on your next vacation!


Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Animal Encounters


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12 responses to “Cow Elk Gives Birth Near Park Headquarters

  1. Mavis Rozell

    July 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    That’s amazing. Really cool, thanks for sharing

  2. Susan Dasher

    August 25, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    A+ would read again

  3. Ilene Perring

    August 30, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Very cute 🙂

  4. Edison Kingston

    September 5, 2010 at 8:55 am

    What a writeup!! Great story!! Do you have a twitter or a facebook?
    I recommended it on stumble upon. Thank you for this blog.

  5. Ashley

    September 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

    hey, nice blog…really like it and added to bookmarks. keep up with good work

  6. Carey Byman

    September 8, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Neat story

  7. Dan Thompson

    September 16, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Definitely a very good article, can’t wait to read more

  8. Andrew Wariner

    September 22, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Seriously happy I found this website, will make sure to take a note of it so i can come back. Great post!

  9. Matthew Kriner

    September 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Hope he grows up to be a trophy elk!!

  10. Loyd Jaquez

    November 23, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Good blog, I’ll be checking back soon to see what’s new.

  11. Albert Browne

    November 27, 2010 at 8:30 am

    This is very interesting, You are a very skilled blogger. I have joined your feed and look forward to more great animal stories.

  12. mike ball

    March 7, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Amazing pics!!


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