Since the North American elk have been reintroduced in the Great Smoky Mountains national park in the Cataloochee section near Maggie Valley, the best time to come see the elk is during the annual rut.
During the elk rut male bull elks fight for territory and collect a harem so they may mate with as many females as possible.
The elk rut is now in full season and as seen in the picture above taken today of 2 bull elk sparing the elk rut it is a spectacle no one should miss.
Expect the peak of the elk rut last until at least Mid October with other mating behavior a few weeks longer.
Related Elk in the GSMNP Stories
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- Elk poaching takes place in Cataloochee Valley in the Great Smoky Mountains national park.
- Elk Reintroduction in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park needs more Volunteers for Elk Bugle Corp Program