Elk snuggles with photographer in the wild
Elk snuggles with photographer in the wild: James York's recent trip to the North Carolina side of the Smokies has now been seen by more than 290,000 viewers, and counting thanks to a close encounter with an elk.
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Approximately 140 elk reside in the Cataloochee area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They were reintroduced to the area in 2001. / Staff file photo

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Wildlife officials say he didn't approach the elk, the elk approached him.

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