What Does the Bull Elk Say? You would never guess what a Bull Elk bugle sounds like

Elk are among the noisiest ungulates, communicating danger quickly and identifying each other by sound. High-pitched squeal: Newborn to its mother, who recognizes her calf by its voice. Bark: Warning of danger.

Chirps, mews and miscellaneous squeals: General conversation among the group.

Bugling (bellow escalating to squealing whistle ending with grunt): Bull advertising his fitness to cows, warning other bulls to stay away, or announcing his readiness to fight.

Elk also use body language. For example, an elk displays dominance by raising its head high.

Prior to European settlement, more than 10 million elk roamed nearly all of the United States and parts of Canada Today, about one million elk live in the western United States, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina, and from Ontario west in Canada (Source)

Bull elk bugles

Watch and listen as a bull elk bugles this evening in the employee housing area at Mammoth Hot Springs. Video courtesy of Michael Warner. (je)

Posted by Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Responses to "Watch and listen as a bull elk bugles at Yellowstone National Park. "

  1. Anonymous says:

    That nothing like I would have expected to hear.

  2. Anonymous says:

    It's nothing I would want in my front lawn!!

  3. May says:

    It sounds like it is screaming. I expected something deeper.

  4. Unknown says:

    I think it's beautiful and stunning

  5. Unknown says:

    Ok, the guy in the yard, he must of been bugling all night because I have never hears such a tiny squeak. Maybe from a kitten......!!!

  6. Unknown says:

    That sound would put me to sleep at night.

  7. Bones99 says:

    Wow, that would get your attention. Totally unexpected and ear piercing. Would have thought it would have been something much deeper.

  8. Anonymous says:

    We got to see and hear several of those big boys in Yellowstone...Mostly on people front lawns.

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