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Yellowstone National Park rangers bar traffic on a street in the Mammoth area to keep visitors away from a bull elk that had been ramming vehicles with its antlers as he defended his harem of cow elk during the September mating season. After bad weather forced them out of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in mid-September, 2013, backpackers switched to their backup plan — day-hiking and wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park.

Rich Landers