Elk calving season has begun in Yellowstone National Park. Park rangers are advising motorists to be aware of their surroundings. Some safety tips:

  • Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may run towards you or kick.
  • Stay alert. Look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots: cow elk may bed their calves near buildings and under cars.
  • Always keep at least 25 yards (23 m) from elk.
  • If an elk runs toward you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible.
  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Attacks can be unprovoked and unpredictable.
  • Visit Elk for more information.