Elk Euthanized after Approaching Photographer

An elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was euthanized last week, after approaching a photographer, according to The Citizen-Times in Asheville. The elk head-butted a photographer who was trying to capture nature.

A video of the encounter has had more than 2 million views on YouTube, and can be found here.

Park officials said the elk had become a problem long before his encounter with the photographer. Apparently, the elk was used to hand-outs of food, and was becoming a danger. According to park officials, this was the first time the park has made the decision to euthanize an elk.

Park officials were quick to point out that the photographer did nothing wrong.

For more information on how to interact safely with wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains, read this post about black bear safety.

Read more about the Smoky Mountain elk herd here.




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