Elk vs. photographer video: James York Great Smoky Mountains elk encounter goes viral on YouTube

(WBIR) James York's recent trip to North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains has now been seen by more than 819,000 viewers, and counting.

You can thank a watchful eye and YouTube for that.

"I was waiting in line with other photographers who set up along side the road," York said Thursday, "Designated for where people would be to be safe."

While he was shooting still pictures at the Cataloochee Trail in the Smokies in October a large a bull elk walked through the public area, and confronted the man.

WBIR reports biologists said elk normally mate during the September to October time-frame, and may have thought York was competition for a lady-elk.

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