Estes Park will be hosting its annual Elk Fest this weekend to celebrate the rut, educate guests and give them a likelihood to view frisky elk acting on their mating instincts in the wild.
People in the Denver location do not have to drive all the way there to see elk performing what they do this time of year, although. Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge is dwelling to a herd of 100-150 elk, and they have been observed operating in complete gallop on Tuesday about 1 1/two miles from the park entrance on the north. They seemed to have been spooked by a refuge worker’s truck and gathered in a secure spot, exactly where they could be heard bugling, following sprinting away.
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“They’re quite mobile,” mentioned Cindy Souders, a supervisory ranger for the Colorado Front Variety National Wildlife Refuges Complicated. “They do bed down at evening, and you can typically see exactly where they’ve bedded down in the grass, but they’re moving about and grazing. They’re undoubtedly acting a small crazier proper now mainly because of rut.”
Souders mentioned this herd calves in the spring in some of the shrub drainages at the refuge, exactly where plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons have been manufactured in the course of the Cold War. The refuge also is dwelling to mule deer, porcupines, coyotes, monarch butterflies and a lot more than 600 species of plants.
Souders loves to see the elk and knows guests will, as well. She just hopes folks will exercising care if they take place to see the shy but majestic animals that Native Americans contact wapiti.
“I guess I would actually like the major message to be to honor them, give them space and observe them from a distance,” Souders mentioned.
Elk Fest, held Sept. 28 and 29 in Estes Park, will contain bugling competitions, elk exhibits and seminars, education regions and Native American music with dancing and storytelling. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will have a booth to clarify how elk can be viewed safely in the course of the rutting season.