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Brave Photographer Takes on Elk for 7 Minutes – and It Was All Caught on Video
Nov. 14, 2013 7:45pm Liz Klimas


A photographer might go to extreme lengths to capture the perfect shot, but what started as an innocent encounter with a wild animal in the Smokey Mountains turned into a scary situation.

James York of North Carolina was taking pictures in the Cataloochee Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn., this week.

York was sitting on the ground snapping shots when a young elk approached him, seeming curious about his camera.


Photographer vs. elk (Image source: YouTube)

But the animal soon started becoming more aggressive, using its antlers to try and spar with York and eventually head-butting him. A fellow photographer captured the whole seven-minute ordeal on camera.

“My first thoughts were ‘wow, he’s getting pretty damn close here,’” York told photographer Vince Camiolo in an mail. ”But I’ve been up close before without incident. I hoped being still and passive would see him pass on. When he lowered his antlers to me, I wanted to keep my vitals protected and my head down. I felt that standing up would provoke him more and leave me more vulnerable to goring.”



The whole ordeal lasted about seven minutes, becoming more and more aggressive. (Image source: YouTube)
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York said he thinks his putting his head down for protection might have led the elk on. (Image source: YouTube)

“I think that while protecting myself with my head down, having my head down was a signal that I was rutting with him. I was concerned at first, but when he started rearing back and lunging at me later on, I got scared and pissed off. That’s when I wagged my finger at him to cut that sh** out. I was relieved to see the Ranger coming,” York continued.



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Around five minutes, York stood up. (Image source: YouTube)



York eventually backed away into a SUV, but the elk then went after his supplies. The SUV frightened the elk back far enough for York to grab his equipment. (Image source: YouTube)

Watch Camiolo’s footage of York having to spar with the elk:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGQExgOxZMQ" target="_blank" class="aeva_link bbc_link new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGQExgOxZMQ</a>


If the ranger hadn’t turned up, York said he probably would have tried to disengage himself more from the situation.

“Everyone says I have a hard head,” York told ABC News of the incident. “Well, I am glad I do because it came in handy that day.”

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Offline happyg

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Very interesting... It looked like the elk wanted to play, rather than do harm. Even that is dangerous! When the guy stood up, the elk backed off out of fear. Even so, I could not have sat there! Good video.

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“I think that while protecting myself with my head down, having my head down was a signal that I was rutting with him

Guy's lucky then that is all the elk did to him.   :silly:
We shall never be abandoned by Heaven while we act worthy of its aid ~~ Samuel Adams


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