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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!
Visit Yellowstone National Park on your next vacation!