The Elk And The Photographer

Canada
January 21, 2017 10:33am CST
I saw this on Facebook and was fascinated, its a pretty long video but I had to watch to see how it ends... I am always using my camera to catch the best shot but I've never found myself in danger while doing it. Have you? This video is worth seeing if you can. It's from YouTube. I found myself holding my breath while I watched this Elk and the photographer. Then when I got to youTube looking for it there , there was an “ end of the story” – sad but true... Below paragraph is from YouTube. After a YouTube clip of an elk head-butting a photographer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park went viral late last week, the animal has been euthanized, the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. Always prowling for human food, the elk had been getting too close to people for some time, and the viral video was the just last straw, park spokeswoman Dana Soehn told the newspaper.
A wildlife cameraman captured the moment a young bull elk started physically harassing a photographer at sunrise in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, ...
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@just4him (85312)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jan
It's a shame they euthanized him. He looked like he only wanted to play. He certainly wasn't trying to do any major harm to the photographer. In fact he backed away when he stood.
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• Canada
21 Jan
I know it hurt my heart too but I know when wild animals start to be over friendly they are removed or killed only because someone was going to get hurt - could be anyone, child, senior, teen....
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@just4him (85312)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
21 Jan
@PainsOnSlate So sad it happened.
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@rebelann (29433)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jan
Poor elk, why is it that we take away their habitat then kill them because they haven't anywhere else to go. I hate when they do things like this, it's not the Elks fault. I also got the impression the elk was young and simply having fun with the photographer. You know me, I'm always on the kritters side.
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• Canada
22 Jan
l don't blame you for being on its side, I had no idea it was put down until it was told on YouTube. It should have been moved to a more rural area.
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@rebelann (29433)
• El Paso, Texas
22 Jan
I agree @PainsOnSlate not to mention I still don't get why we don't just put tall chain link fences around peopled areas so that wild animals won't be led astray, it's really not their fault.
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• Canada
24 Jan
@rebelann that would be putting the people in cages, might be a good idea...
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@RasmaSandra (11323)
• Riga, Latvia
21 Jan
Nope, Nope, Nope totally disagree. The animal should not have to die for these reasons. Surely they could have perhaps sent it to a zoo or something like that. It would not be free to roam but would be fed and could live its life.
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@jstory07 (56147)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Jan
Yes why did the have to kill it. Find another place for it to live.
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• Canada
21 Jan
They often move pesky wild animals to the wilderness, I wish they had done that...
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• New Delhi, India
21 Jan
Ohhh...I was good
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• Canada
21 Jan
Thanks, glad you liked it...
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• New Delhi, India
22 Jan
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@ilocosboy (28455)
• Philippines
21 Jan
Should the euthanizing of the elk necessary? Or is it the sentence he committed to the photographer?
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• Canada
21 Jan
it was because he was hanging out around humans, if he stayed in the wild, it wouldn't have happened.
@amadeo (43882)
• United States
21 Jan
That was an interesting video there.I heard bit and pieces about this.
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• Canada
22 Jan
I saw it on Facebook and then looked for it on YouTube, I was stuck to the video - the original was twice as long as the one I posted, both were scary watching.
@masood72 (4159)
• Amersfoort, Netherlands
21 Jan
a nice narration and thanks for sharing
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• Canada
21 Jan
Glad you liked it...
@Juliaacv (20647)
• Canada
21 Jan
At first I thought that he elk was cold and just needed a new hat, but then I wondered if there was ever any food that came into contact with the camera bag, as he seemed quite intent on getting that bag.
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• Canada
22 Jan
It was pretty scary to me. I would not have sat there...Now I'm wondering if he had baited the elk with something smelling in his bag....just to get a photo...
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@Juliaacv (20647)
• Canada
22 Jan
@PainsOnSlate No, I wouldn't have been able to sit there fixing my hat either, that is a very large animal and he appeared to be getting quite frustrated and aggressive. He shouldn't have taunted him like that.
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@KristenH (19037)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
21 Jan
OMG! Yikes!
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• Canada
22 Jan
Pretty scary and I am upset they killed the elk. I would want them to move it to the boonies..It was a beautiful animal.
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@KristenH (19037)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
22 Jan
@PainsOnSlate That's a travesty there. Poor thing.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
22 Jan
I don't agree with killing the elk. It's not it's fault, going my instinct. Why not move it to somewhere else where it will be safe and out of the way?
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• Canada
22 Jan
I feel the same way, It was in the south, I wounder why they didn't move it to the mountains.
@garymarsh6 (12087)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan
OH good lord that looked too dangerous to me. Imagine being impaled through the eye with one of his antlers!
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• Canada
22 Jan
it was scary to watch. I'm surprised the photographer sat there that long...for a photo???
@reskyyandi (3751)
• Indonesia
22 Jan
Nice video
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• Canada
22 Jan
I thought it was very scary to see that man attached by the elk.
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@Corbin5 (74290)
• United States
22 Jan
Amazing. Such interest in that backpack! Wonder what may have been inside that backpack to draw the interest of the elk. Perhaps just a nosy elk. Humans are always trespassing in territory that does not belong to them, and then the animals who are disrupted by the presence of humans are killed. Makes me sick.
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• Canada
22 Jan
i agree with you i certainly would rather they move it and not kill it. Someone else wondered if the photographer was baiting the elk for a photo. If so I think the photographer should be fined...
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@JudyEv (92038)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jan
It's a shame he got so cheeky but that's what happens when wild animals lose their fear of humans. Our buck kangaroos become a danger too if they get too 'tame'.
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• Canada
22 Jan
I do know that is what happened, it is sad to hear it happens. The video I first saw on Facebook and then I looked for it on YouTube. The original was longer than the one i posted, very scary...
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@JudyEv (92038)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jan
@PainsOnSlate Those horns looked pretty lethal.
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• Canada
23 Jan
@JudyEv I agree.
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@Shellyann36 (8046)
• United States
26 Jan
This kind of pisses me off. The man saw the elk coming closer, why did he just not leave the area? Instead, the poor elk gets put down. The fact that the photographer let the elk get closer tells me that this is common place for the photographer to invite this sort of action. I suppose, that most humans would do the same thing and of course with animals, it becomes a learned experience. What ever happened to respecting wild life?
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• Canada
26 Jan
I actually agree with you 100%, also thinking he might has something in his pack that urged the elk closer...
@jaboUK (49067)
• United Kingdom
21 Jan
The elk seemed to deliberately place his antlers either side of the man's head. What a pity he was killed.
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• Canada
22 Jan
I'm with you, it almost looked like he was playing. so sad he had to die...
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