Those are some very sharp prongs you have, Mr. Elk…
This encounter in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park did not end well for the elk. His behavior was more than likely a result of humans giving him food. He then aggressively sought out ‘something’ from this photographer.
There are abundant food sources for the elk. But training is training. Don’t be guilty of feeding the animals. ‘Leave no trace’ can apply to our interactions with wildlife also.
See you on the trails, fellow hikers.
Thanks to Vince Camiolo and YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGQExgOxZMQ