Transcript of the Audio from the Elk Rut Video
A Mammoth Hot Springs resident and National Park Service employee, Paul
Chalfant, shot the video of a bull elk ramming several vehicles when they
stopped too close to the bull's harem. Paul was shooting from his porch
and often retreated to the safety of his house. What follows is the text
transcript of the audio with a brief description of the associated
Bull elk runs toward Paul and stops near the porch as Paul steps inside
and closes the door.
The elk bugles loudly.
Bull elk bugles at a cow and chases her away from a truck.
"He's telling her to stay away from those red pick-ups."
Bull elk eats some snow.
Paul: "I wonder if he is overheated and he
needs to ..."
Red pick-up truck pulls forward and stops very near the bull.
bull begins to run toward the truck.
Paul: "Watch, watch, watch!"
Bull elk rams the right rear corner of the truck with it's large
There is a loud crashing noise and the tail-light lens breaks
Womans voice: "He broke off their tail-light."
Young elk makes a whining noise as the big bull chases another bull
from the area.
The bull being pursued runs immediately passed
Woman's voice: "Paul, Paul!"
Bull elk returns to eating snow.
Woman's voice: "He's eating
Another red pick-up truck pulls up and stops nearby.
people are trying to imitate him".
Woman: "In the car?"
A whistling noise comes from the truck.
Woman: "They're whistling.
Wait 'til they see the damage on their car."
The bull begins to run toward the truck.
Paul: "Watch. Here he
The bull rams the right rear corner of the truck.
People in the
truck laugh and clap their hands.
Woman: "That's harassing."
Bull elk bugles loudly again.
A car pulls up beyond the bull. It
stops and backs up near the bull.
The bull rams the car at the
passenger door repeatedly.
You hear the sound of the cars engine being
revved. The driver forgot that he was not in gear.
Finally the car is
put in gear and speeds off with the elk in pursuit for a short
Later that day, at dusk, the bull resumes his activities.
elk charges a car that stops very near to him.
Man's voice: "Oh No, No,
You hear the sound of the bulls antlers ramming the passenger
door of the car.
Elk bugles loudly.
Paul: "Does he still have all
his tines? Yeah, he does."
Man's voice: "Did he dent that
Paul: "You bet!"
Cars begin to move away from the elk.
Paul: "That got traffic
Man's voice: "This is going to get hairy."
A car slows down near the
bull and once again the bull begins to charge.
Man's voice: "Oh oh, No,
The car pulls away avoiding being rammed.
Last Updated: Wednesday, 22-Dec-04 10:10:28