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Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

The Madison Elk Herd

 
 
The Madison Elk Herd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 9, 2011
1. The Madison Elk Herd Marker
Inscription. From an elk's perspective, this valley offers everything needed for year-round survival. Food is abundant. These meadows become snow-free relatively early and stay lush longer into summer. During May-June calving season, nearby lodgepole pine forests shelter newborns from coyotes and bears.

In 1988 fires burned the slopes across the river. For the next several years the dense forest will be more open and less sheltering, which may affect the movement of the herd. Harsh or mile winters, however, continue to be the great regulator of the elk population here and throughout the park.

In June you may see cow elk with calves. Bull elk gather harems during the breeding season from mid-September through October.
 
Location. 44° 38.487′ N, 110° 52.602′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on West Entrance Road one mile west of Grand Loop Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Plateau of Fire (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gibbon Falls (approx. 5.2 miles away); Chance Encounter (approx. 5.4 miles away);

Elk in Yellowstone National Park image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, June 8, 2011
2. Elk in Yellowstone National Park
a different marker also named Chance Encounter (approx. 5.4 miles away); Nez Perce War (approx. 5.4 miles away); Murky Past . . . Promising Future (approx. 5.5 miles away); Earthquake’s Offspring (approx. 7.2 miles away); Fountain Paint Pot (approx. 7.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
 
Categories. Animals
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 311 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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