KEMMERER — A special fall program series will be offered at Fossil Butte National Monument revolving around the nighttime sounds of the autumn sagebrush ecosystem, with particular focus on elk bugling. As many as 1,000 elk travel through monument grounds over the fall and winter months.
“We invite everyone out to the monument to view wildlife and hear the distinctive call of an elk bugling. If you have never heard it before, it will send chills down your spine,” says Superintendent Angela Wetz. The elk rut, or mating season, runs through September and October, and bugling is often heard dusk to dawn.
The elk bugling programs are Saturdays, Sept. 14, 21 and 28, and Oct. 5. The evening will start at 8 p.m. with a program on elk, followed by listening outside. Participants should bring their own chairs and warm clothing. There is no cost for the programs.
The public is reminded that hunting is prohibited on monument property, including collecting of sheds and any other natural objects. Law enforcement presence will increase during hunting season.
Fossil Butte National Monument has reduced the hours of the visitor center beginning this month. While park grounds remain open 24/7, the visitor center hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.