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.