Audra told me about this video, taken last November at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Apparently the fellow recording it was taking pictures of the elk when he saw this buck harassing the photographer. So the cameraman switched his camera to video.
Apparently the elk was used to being fed by visitors and expected to find food in the backpack. This was not the first time he had been aggressive to humans, so he was euthanized. A good reminder to heed the signs
Do not feed the animals.
The fellow being harassed had hoped if he hunkered down the elk wouldn’t consider him to be a threat and would go away. It didn’t work, but at least he protected his vital parts until help came.
I found the following video when I was searching for information about the one above. Apparently the fellow is bow hunting, but that’s all I know — I don’t know if he was even aware of the elk. The quality is poor, but it was too good not to share.
Fortunately the elk on/around our land are still afraid of humans.
March 23, 2014