What Do Bugling Bull Elk Sound Like?


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The bugling sound a bull elk makes sounds like a high pitched scream interspersed with grunts. Some people have described the sound as an eerie, guttural and ghostly singing.

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Bull elk engage in bugling during the rutting season which takes place from mid-September to mid-October. Bull elk use the sound to convey a wide-range of information. The sound can be a notification to a bull elk's harem that he is close by; a warning to other bull elk to stay away from his cows; or an indication that the bull elk is displeased by his cows' straying too far from him.

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