September and October is the rut (mating) season for the elk. It is worth going to Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP) during the rut season to see it for yourself. I have found that RMNP offers some of the best, close up viewing in the United States. It is intense and can be viewed from the roadside.
A female will go into estrus 3 to 6 times during the rut season. It will only last a few hours at a time, so it is important that the male doesn't miss the event. With the bull constantly sniffing the females rear ends, but when the time is right, the female will not run from the bulls' advances. She will rub heads with him, then turn her backside to him, and he will mount her. It only lasts a few seconds. Most times, she will not be impregnated the first time she goes into estrus.
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