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Thu., Nov. 21, 2013, 6 a.m.

Another human-fed wild creature bites the dust

A screenshot from a YouTube video of the face-off between a spike elk and a photographer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The elk, which had previous close encounters with people apparently after having been fed, later was euthanized by park officials.  (YouTube)
A screenshot from a YouTube video of the face-off between a spike elk and a photographer in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The elk, which had previous close encounters with people apparently after having been fed, later was euthanized by park officials. (YouTube)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- I don't have a crystal ball, but this one was an easy call.

The spike elk featured toying dangerously with a photographer in a video that went viral this month has been euthanized by Great Smoky National Park officials. The elk had become too accustomed to people and was posing a danger.

My blog post called it like it was -- a death sentence.

Here's the latest update, which ends with the photographer whining that he's tired of being blamed.  

Whah! 




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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