Elk usually give birth to a single calf in late May-early June. In their early days, mom will bed the baby down and leave them hidden while they go graze. Well-meaning humans often stumble upon the hidden baby, think they are abandoned, and intervene. Usually, mom is nearby just waiting for the humans to leave. Once imprinted on humans, young elk are difficult to re-release in the wild. Remember, if you care, leave it there!