Animals in Flux
By 1900, elk were hunted out of this area. But in 1913, Yellowstone elk were released here. About the same time, hunters began to eliminate the area's bears and wolves. With few predators, the elk population increased until it numbered in the thousands. Now, park managers are working to bring the population to a sustainable level.
During the fall breeding season, or rut, elk gather here. Bulls compete for cows by displaying their antlers and producing "bugle” calls. At all times - and especially during the breeding season wildlife watchers must observe from a distance.
Caption: Relative sizes of an adult male elk, an adult female, and a yearling
Erected by USDI National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Woodpecker Army (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rocky Mountain’s “Parks” (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ancient Paths, Ancient Peoples (approx. 2.2 miles away); Changing Times Bring Changing Uses (approx. 2.2 miles away); Horseshoe Park (approx. 2.3 miles away); Rocky Mountain National Park Administration Building (approx. 4.1 miles away); Stephen Tyng Mather (approx. 4.1 miles away); Roger Wolcott Toll (approx. 5.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Estes Park.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.