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Northwest Trek Events

September 5 - September 7
11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Get Out of the Rut

Learn all about the exciting rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animals like deer, sheep, elk and moose. Watch and listen as they grunt, snort, bugle, and spar! Don’t miss the wild romance and turbulent action during this three-day kickoff to the most dramatic time of the year at Northwest Trek.

Test your ability to survive the rut by attempting up to five elk-lympics events. Try thrashing, sparring, parallel marching, bugling, and more! Elk-lympics will be happening from 11am-5pm Sat-Mon in the Picnic Pavilion.

Sounds, postures, and gestures

The rut, or breeding season, is the time of year when hooved animals pass on their genes to continue the species. Males generally assert dominance over each other to compete for females, who ultimately decide the genetic fate of the herd. To establish a hierarchy of dominance, individuals use sounds, dominant behaviors, submissive behaviors, courtship postures, and other social cues.




Meet some of the animals in rut

The rut season is different for each species. Spot all of these animals during a Discovery Tram Tour, included with admission.

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American Bison
Roosevelt Elk
North American Moose
Rut: August-September Late August-September
 October-November
  
  
 
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Black-tailed Deer  Bighorn Sheep
 October-November  November-December  


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