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Wildlife Expeditions’ Yellowstone Fall Elk Bugling, Wolves & Bears Safari Explores New Science Behind Eerie Calls

July 29, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Print Print Email Email

Weighing in at more than 700 pounds, bull elk come together in a clash of titans each fall as they spar over their harems. But the bulls’ rutting “bugle” is oddly high-pitched – and only recently identified as two sounds being produced simultaneously: a piercing whistle to attract cows at a distance, and a rumbling growl to impress those nearby.

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Wildlife Expeditions’ fall elk bugling, wolves & bears safari guests can listen to bull elk attract females with strange high-pitched cries on the three-day trip (photo by Paul Brown).

The elk’s haunting cries give leaf-peeping in Yellowstone National Park a unique dimension – as do the wolves and bears on the prowl in preparation for winter. For a firsthand experience of autumn’s sights and sounds, Wildlife Expeditions of Teton Science Schools offers a three-day Fall Elk Bugling, Wolves & Bears safari into Yellowstone’s wild backcountry.

Knowledgeable guides lead the small-group safari, which departs from and returns to Jackson, Wyo. The Fall Elk Bugling, Wolves & Bears Expedition travels in comfortable customized safari vehicles into Yellowstone’s storied Lamar and Hayden Valleys, known as America’s Serengeti. Wolves are attracted by the large concentrations of elk at this time of year while bears are stocking up on food for winter hibernation, and Wildlife Expeditions guides are expert at discovering the best possible wildlife viewing – and listening – experience.

The Fall Elk Bugling trip is offered three times in 2016: Sept. 15 – 17, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, and Oct. 6 – 8. Rate for the expedition is $1,450/person and also includes two nights’ lodging in Cooke City, Mont., meals, snacks and beverages, high-quality binoculars and spotting scopes, National Park Service entrance fee and more.

The three-day trip may also include stops at such iconic Yellowstone National Park attractions as Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and the terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. For a sample trip itinerary, visit the Wildlife Expeditions website here.

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