While we always recomend giving the wildlife at our National Parks plenty of room, it is especially important in the autumn in Yellowstone while the elk are in the their mating season known as rut. As you can see they have no problem taking on cars and trucks to guard their harems from perceived threats so make sure to keep your distance. Here is what the NPS has to say about staying safe.
“Please remember that the elk are wild animals. During the rut season, bulls are very territorial and can defend their harems – even from people and vehicles. Keep a safe distance and watch for signs that you are too close. Use binoculars and zoom lenses on cameras to avoid disturbing these majestic animals. For more tips on viewing elk and other wildlife in a safe and respectful way, please visit our Wildlife Watching page.”
Remember, stay in your vehicle and give these animals they space they deserve. Be respectful and use common sense.