Yellowstone bull elks smash antlers together during 'rut' season

In the dead of night, bull elks are going head-to-head to win the affection of the females in the herd – and the ritual has been captured in a video.

Yellowstone National Park released footage of a ‘bull fight,’ complete with the clanging of antlers and grunting of two males tussling in the wilderness.

Officials released the footage to warn rut season has begun, which can be extremely dangerous to park visitors – the animals can turn their aggression towards humans.

Mating season for elks begins in August and runs through October, which consists of males displaying their strength in order to woo a female away from the 'stud' that may hold a herd up to 30 cows.

The sparring begins with slow movements of the animals’ antlers, as one bull presents his rack for the to accept and although violent, officials say elks are rarely harmed.

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In the dead of night, bull elks are going head-to-head to win the affection of a females in the herd ¿ and the ritual has been captured in a video

In the dead of night, bull elks are going head-to-head to win the affection of a females in the herd – and the ritual has been captured in a video

The video was captured in the middle of the night, showing to large bull elks smacking their antlers together and tossing each other around.

Grunting and snorting can also be heard during their encounter.

‘In the fall, bull elk battle for access to cows and challenge other males during the rut,’ Yellowstone National Park shared on its website.

‘They also charge cars and people who get too close. Always stay at least 25 yards (23 m) away from elk.’

Yellowstone National Park released footage of a ¿bull fight,¿ complete with the clanging of antlers and grunting of two males tussling in the wilderness

Yellowstone National Park released footage of a ‘bull fight,’ complete with the clanging of antlers and grunting of two males tussling in the wilderness

Although the battle between two bulls appears to become violent, officials note that the elks are rarely injured, but continue until one bows out

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