Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Rut in Hayden
Grunts, rumbles, and roars vibrate the air. The summer day sizzles with energy as hundreds of bison mill restlessly. It seems chaotic, but there is a reason for the agitation. One of natureís most spectacular reproduction rituals is in motion. Adult bull bison chase after a lone cow, determined to be the one she chooses to mate. Young bison hang around the perimeters, watching and learning. Though it happens every year, the bison rut never ceases to be an extraordinary season in Hayden Valley.
This cow is mine.
A bull tends a cow by shielding her from other bulls until she allows mating. A challenging bull bellows to get the cowís attention. The tending bull roars back. Sometimes a brutal battle occurs
Rusty red babies polkadot the valley in April and May. An adult female bison births a calf every one to two years and nurses it for a year. A baby bull born early in the spring often becomes a larger, more dominant adult.
Shake, wallow, roll.
Look for clouds of dust rising in the air. Bison wallow in dusty pits to dislodge biting flies and other insects from their fur. Big bulls might paw the dirt and horn the wallows in displays of aggression.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° Click for map. Marker is located in the Hayden Valley. 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 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Looks Can Be Deceiving (here, next to this marker); Hayden Valley (here, next to this marker); Chittenden Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Upper Falls of the Yellowstone River (approx. 2.1 miles away); Brink of Upper Falls (approx. 2.1 miles away); Uncle Tomís Point (approx. 2.2 miles away); Uncle Tomís Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brink of Lower Falls (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
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