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Elk vs. Photographer | Great Smoky Mountains National Park 

Source: While photographing elk at sunrise in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park I turned around to see what appeared to be just a curious young bull sniffing a photographer's camera. I snapped a few frames of the apparent harmless encounter.

UPDATE November 17,2013........... The young elk featured in a viral video playfully head-butting an Asheville photographer has been put to death.Smokies spokeswoman Dana Soehn said the decision to put the elk to death was a first for the park. Park officials said the elk was a problem before approaching the photographer.

Soehn said the elk had lost its fear of humans after being fed by visitors. She said the animal had demonstrated dangerous behavior that could result in human injury or death.

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Added: Nov-14-2013 
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