Many people from all over visit Rocky Mountain National Park every year, but perhaps the busiest time for the Northern Colorado area is in the late summer to fall months. People gather in large numbers to witness what’s known as the elk rut. KRCC’s Susan Glairon stopped by the park at the end of the elk mating season and has this report.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

 

One Response to The Annual Elk Mating Season

  1. Deborah says:

    Great story. My family loves to visit Estes Park during the annual rut. Some of our best memories stem from those visits. We’ve been hushed into stunned silence as a herd of elk cows and a bull foraged for food. We’ve also seen bulls defending their herds, and charging at people. In those cases, the park visitors were taunting the bulls or moving too closely into their space.

    And RMNP is gorgeous in the fall. The hiking trails are worth the trip up.

News

AP
December 10, 2016 | NPR · Despite skepticism of Trump — and losing the popular vote — his supporters say it’s time to move on and trust the president-elect to figure things out. They’re willing to give him a very long leash.
 

Courtesy of WBUR
December 10, 2016 | WBUR · Dear Sugar Radio is a podcast offering “radical empathy” and advice for the lost, lonely and heartsick. Today the hosts think about how watching porn can affect a couple’s marriage and sex life.
 

NPR
December 10, 2016 | NPR · Working in difficult circumstances, lawyers and judges do their best to administer justice. NPR was present at a trial of a man accused of repairing ISIS vehicles. He and relatives denied ISIS links.
 

Arts & Life

Getty Images
December 10, 2016 | NPR · This week, we welcome the world’s foremost Larry David impersonator (and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate) onto the show.
 

December 10, 2016 | NPR · The Lillian Booth Home in Englewood, N.J., is run by the Actors Fund as both a nursing facility and assisted living. Like the residents, many of the staff come from the entertainment industry.
 

Joffrey/Boneau/Bryan-Brown
December 10, 2016 | NPR · Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon has a fresh take on the classic Christmas tale. The $4 million Joffrey Ballet production premieres Saturday, and doesn’t center around a wealthy Victorian family.
 

Music

The Historic New Orleans Collection
December 10, 2016 | NPR · Barker played with everyone from Billie Holliday to Cab Calloway to Jelly Roll Morton. Scott Simon speaks with Music Inside Out host Gwen Thompkins about the late banjo player and guitarist’s legacy.
 

Courtesy of the artist
December 9, 2016 | NPR · The Grammy-winning saxophonist plays Duke Ellington standards with host Marian McPartland in a 1994 session.
 

Youth Radio
December 9, 2016 | YouthRadio · One week ago, a fire ripped through an Oakland warehouse that was being used as a music venue and artist community. Hear the music of four up-and-coming electronic artists who died in that fire.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab