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

April 23, 2018 | NPR · Also: The Paris bombing suspect is convicted in a separate Brussels attack; Mike Pompeo’s Secretary of State nomination is drawing opposition; and a man once mauled by a bear survives a shark attack.
 

AP
April 23, 2018 | NPR · The CIA director faces a narrow path through a closely divided Senate, but Republicans are confident he has the votes to win confirmation on the floor later this week.
 

AFP/Getty Images
April 23, 2018 | NPR · While President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron share personal chemistry, their bond may tested on issues such as strategy in Syria, the Iran nuclear deal and trade.
 

Arts & Life

April 23, 2018 | NPR · An exhibit at the National Building Museum has been adapted from Matthew Desmond’s 2017 Pulitzer-Prize-winning book Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City into an “immersive” experience.
 

April 22, 2018 | NPR · Kathleen Belew’s new book explores the impact of the Vietnam War on America’s white power movement; Belew says that movement was behind a lot of domestic terror attacks attributed to “lone wolves.”
 

AFP/Getty Images
April 22, 2018 | NPR · Zoologist Lucy Cooke says humans aren’t doing animals any favors when we moralize their behavior. Her book The Truth About Animals is organized around “fact and not sentimentality.”
 

Music

NPR
April 23, 2018 | NPR · Hear a triumphant fusion of jazz, rock and blues that moves with momentum and fresh anticipation. Logan Richardson plays with a lyrical intensity that is both focused and free.
 

April 23, 2018 | NPR · The country music legend is still writing and recording original material at age 84. His latest stresses good cheer in the face of hard times.
 

NPR
April 22, 2018 | NPR · The renowned folk songwriter stops by NPR’s Washington D.C. headquarters to play two songs from her latest album and discuss the historical African-American roots of her music and of her instrument.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab