Yellowstone National Park issues warning of ‘danger’ to tourists

Tourist season is well underway in Yellowstone National Park, and now, so is the elk calving season, which comes with a “danger” label.

Why? Because cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season, and they may run towards you or kick you, the park warned Friday.

“DANGER: Elk calving season has begun in Yellowstone National Park,” the headline reads.

“Be aware of your surroundings!” the park states.

Inevitably, some tourists ignore the warnings and get charged and/or hurt.

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Nevertheless, the park issues annual warnings hoping tourists heed them. Here are some of the others:

  • 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 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.

Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Park.

Story originally appeared on For The Win