Looking for some excitement? Want to see large animals go head to head this fall?
This week Paul Staniszewski of Elk County reminded me that the elk rut has begun. He wrote:
Labor Day usually marks the end of summer. For the Pennsylvania elk herd the shortening length of daylight hours each day triggers an annual event known as the “rut”. The rut usually lasts from late August until mid-October. ... A lot of sparring between bulls takes place that makes for dramatic photographing opportunities.
Male elk bugle and spar to establish dominance in the mating hierarchy. They're so preoccupied that Paul has captured some great photos, especially near the Visitor Center on Winslow Hill Rd in Benezette.
Benezette is a 2.65-hour drive from Pittsburgh so you might want to make a weekend of it. Plan your trip and learn more about the elk here.
(bull elk sparring by Paul Staniszewski)