Stuck in a Rut

Stuck in a Rut (Image 1)

When fall arrives here in Savannah… the weather cools off, the sand gnats begin to disappear and many locals park their boats.  

It's a pretty typical seasonal transition. 

But that's not the case in one Wyoming town where an enormous and territorial elk has wandered in and taken up residency in the streets as he prepares for the annual rut. 

The bull strolls proudly throughout town, and many residents watch from their windows in fear. 

The police was called to keep the testosterone-pumped animal at bay. 

Every fall, elk spend the afternoon and evenings walking the streets of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park. 

Sometimes there will be as many as 40 or 50 together.  The elk will stay in town for up to several weeks at a time as autumn marks the start of mating season.  It's known as “the rut.”

Experts say the bulls sniff anything and everything they come across.  They are looking for a cow who is ready to be bred. 

Well, there is frustration, and rising testosterone levels means the male elk are prone to damaging vehicles and property.  They have even been known to injure people.

Since there's not really a way to avoid all of it the activity, park rangers stay very busy this time of year. 



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