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(WAFF Huntsville)   Remember the young elk featured in a viral online video playfully head-butting a photographer, which has been viewed more than a million times and featured on national news shows? Well authorities killed it   (waff.com) divider line 71
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2013-11-17 03:49:25 PM  
FTA: Smokies spokeswoman Dana Soehn said the difficult decision to put the elk to death was made after efforts to keep it away from people failed. She said visitors have been feeding some of the elks, causing the wild animals to lose their fear of humans.

Same goes for bears. Don't f*cking feed them because they often end up becoming nuisance animals that have to be relocated. If that fails the animals are often killed, all because some people can't get it through their thick skulls not to feed the wildlife.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-11-17 04:24:47 PM  
Elks?
 
Sio
2013-11-17 04:26:12 PM  
DON'T FEED WILDLIFE how farking hard is that?! Stupid people...
 
2013-11-17 04:27:15 PM  

ZAZ: Elks?


www.dumpaday.com
 
2013-11-17 04:30:47 PM  
Elk's meat is really good I hope it got donated.
 
2013-11-17 04:31:00 PM  
www.pensacolafishingforum.com
 
2013-11-17 04:32:48 PM  
It would have been sadder if the Elk ended up goring someone and they died because it had no fear of people.  Elks are big, strong and dangerous.  Even when they look cute.
 
Ni
2013-11-17 04:33:27 PM  
That was one ass-puckering video, but goddamn it, sometimes I hate humans.

/okayquiteoften
 
2013-11-17 04:33:57 PM  
Yeah; they had to. It's sad when they do it; but, you can't have that elk getting handouts from people. It causes dangerous situations.

Hell, last deer season, fish and wildlife had to put down a fawn that a farmer saved after its mom died. If I remember right, the farmer even made a prosthetic leg for the fawn. And the farmer wasn't planing to release the fawn, either.
 
2013-11-17 04:34:52 PM  
greatlakesbowhunters.com

"....Roger's gone?! Awwww no!"
 
2013-11-17 04:37:23 PM  
www.freewebs.com
 
2013-11-17 04:38:46 PM  
HOOORRRAAAYYYYY!!!!!     And of course they used the meat to feed the homeless and donated the head to someplace worthy................damn humans.
 
2013-11-17 04:39:16 PM  
Humanity's legacy. We kill things.
 
2013-11-17 04:39:17 PM  
So my putting a couple of small patches of corn in where I plan on deer hunting is bad? Damn and I thought baiting made it easier/less time consuming.
 
2013-11-17 04:42:19 PM  

Tryfan: Humanity's legacy. We kill things.


Encroach on land they've been living on for thousands of years and declare them nuisances.
 
2013-11-17 04:44:09 PM  
It's only OK for Californians to feed bison.
 
2013-11-17 04:44:26 PM  
I say let them crash!
 
2013-11-17 04:44:29 PM  
I'm sure it was a difficult, yet ultimately tasty decision.
 
2013-11-17 04:46:05 PM  
I heard that Elks mated several times a week, usually with multiple partners. Too bad I already joined the Kiwanis.
 
2013-11-17 04:46:52 PM  
That guy could easily have ended up without a brainpan.
And I mean antler through an eye socket and RIP, end of story.
 
2013-11-17 04:48:23 PM  

Director_Mr: It would have been sadder if the Elk ended up goring someone and they died because it had no fear of people.  Elks are big, strong and dangerous.  Even when they look cute.


This. It won't be so cute when it's 600+ pounds and no longer has the mentality of a juvenile. This isn't a Disney movie, wild animals are not pets.
 
2013-11-17 04:50:01 PM  
Do not feed wild animals. Perhaps birds and by proxy squirrels, but animals are carriers for disease, may be unpredictable and dangerous, and need to be fearful of humans who may hunt them. This goes double for big animals such as elk. You are a f*cking idiot if you think an elk who has no fear of humans and will eat from your hand means the creature is safe to be around; one misunderstood move from you could result in the creature panicking and goring or being kicked which would seriously injure.
 
2013-11-17 04:50:30 PM  
The article doesn't answer the most important question...

 How did it taste?
 
2013-11-17 04:50:35 PM  
Should have gathered all the other elk in the park around, and then slit this elk's throat in front of them. Then they'd get the message.
 
2013-11-17 04:50:39 PM  

Maxor: So my putting a couple of small patches of corn in where I plan on deer hunting is bad? Damn and I thought baiting made it easier/less time consuming.


Cheap hunter.
 
2013-11-17 04:52:34 PM  

pedobearapproved: Should have gathered all the other elk in the park around, and then slit this elk's throat in front of them. Then they'd get the message.


Hahaha I don't know why this got me, but it did
 
2013-11-17 04:53:48 PM  

mithras_angel: The article doesn't answer the most important question...

 How did it taste?


Being he was so young, I bet really good.
 
2013-11-17 04:57:06 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: That guy could easily have ended up without a brainpan.
And I mean antler through an eye socket and RIP, end of story.


I kept yelling for the elk to gore him in the orbital socket every time they aired that on the news. What a farking retard.

/Now I want to try some elk
//omnomnomnom
 
2013-11-17 05:04:54 PM  

Vector R: I kept yelling for the elk to gore him in the orbital socket every time they aired that on the news. What a farking retard.


To note, the photographer in the video did not entice the animal over, which is why he was a respectable distance away from the rest of the elk when snapping pictures originally. Rather, the elk approached him from behind and was previously fearless of humans, and the photographer tried to avoid provoking him and defend himself. He says he feels fortunate the ranger intervened.
 
2013-11-17 05:05:26 PM  
The ultra passive behavior of the photog is the one responsible here. If he had demonstrated the proper response to being confronted by an animal, this elk would not have tried to dominate the photog.
 
2013-11-17 05:08:55 PM  
Remember when you anthropomorphized that wild animal on the internet and ascribed human feewings and cuddliness to it? Well, you're a moron.
 
2013-11-17 05:09:21 PM  
img.fark.net
She seems just as surprised about it as anyone.

/R.I.P.
 
2013-11-17 05:09:42 PM  

Tryfan: Humanity's legacy. We kill things.


A completely unique phenomenon in the animal kingdom.
 
2013-11-17 05:14:01 PM  
Shiat happens. People > elk.

Ask the WDFW
 
2013-11-17 05:16:12 PM  
On further review, I take back the charge of passivity I put on the photog, and replace it with a mixed message charge that he was sending to the elk. One where he stayed on the ground in a submissive position and then also kept on putting his head down which was seen as a challenge to the elk. This whole story sucjs, I hope some bellies at least got fed off this creature as the result of the dumb photog's actions.
 
2013-11-17 05:19:09 PM  

Cagey B: Tryfan: Humanity's legacy. We kill things.

A completely unique phenomenon in the animal kingdom.


A moose showed up downtown here a couple years ago; absolutely enormous full-grown bull. Had to be seven feet tall. The cops were trying to bracket him with cars and coax him back toward the woods, but they had a lot more trouble keeping people from walking right up to it with their kids to maybe pet or feed the cute moose. Dumbasses.
 
2013-11-17 05:21:03 PM  

Tryfan: Humanity's legacy. We kill things.


If only humans would stop then all animals would live together happily without death.
 
2013-11-17 05:21:14 PM  

Sensei Can You See: Cagey B: Tryfan: Humanity's legacy. We kill things.

A completely unique phenomenon in the animal kingdom.

A moose showed up downtown here a couple years ago; absolutely enormous full-grown bull. Had to be seven feet tall. The cops were trying to bracket him with cars and coax him back toward the woods, but they had a lot more trouble keeping people from walking right up to it with their kids to maybe pet or feed the cute moose. Dumbasses.


t.chzbgr.com
 
2013-11-17 05:32:45 PM  
No doubt, a lot of Americans will blame it on the NPS.

Just like a certain other recent fiasco, also caused by assholes not of the NPS.
 
2013-11-17 05:54:29 PM  
Ungulate Ruminante Terrorist
 
2013-11-17 05:56:26 PM  

George Babbitt: On further review, I take back the charge of passivity I put on the photog, and replace it with a mixed message charge that he was sending to the elk. One where he stayed on the ground in a submissive position and then also kept on putting his head down which was seen as a challenge to the elk. This whole story sucjs, I hope some bellies at least got fed off this creature as the result of the dumb photog's actions.


This was the first time I'd seen it, after hearing other people talking about it last week.

The photographer was being irresponsible. He was obviously playing for the sense of playing, and had several other options besides the dangerous "hunker down."
 
2013-11-17 05:56:56 PM  
Yeah, you really cannot tolerate "playful butting" from an elk, or really any male animal with horns or antlers. Domestic animals can be trained. Wild animals? Not so much.

This was a sad outcome, but it could have been so much worse. And the elk probably would have died either way.
 
2013-11-17 06:14:47 PM  
Wow! This is so tragic, poor elk that never hurt anyone is put down bc people have made "friends" by interfering and feeding it! Also would like to add that the reported fails to understand the plural of elk is ELK not "elks" This makes me both sad and angry
 
2013-11-17 06:16:56 PM  

Canton: Yeah, you really cannot tolerate "playful butting" from an elk, or really any male animal with horns or antlers. Domestic animals can be trained. Wild animals? Not so much.

This was a sad outcome, but it could have been so much worse. And the elk probably would have died either way.


probably?
 
2013-11-17 06:22:22 PM  

bud jones: Canton: Yeah, you really cannot tolerate "playful butting" from an elk, or really any male animal with horns or antlers. Domestic animals can be trained. Wild animals? Not so much.

This was a sad outcome, but it could have been so much worse. And the elk probably would have died either way.

probably?


Well, who knows. It could have been the mythical Highlander Elk of lore...

/I meant young
//By human hands
///But I like your way better
 
2013-11-17 06:31:41 PM  
Years ago we vacationed in a state park at Panama City Beach, FL. That evening a family of raccoons showed up just on the edge of the trees. My dad thought it would be a neat photo to have him feeding them by hand. Well, we've got photos of the entire family climbing him like a tree to get to the food when he didn't feed them fast enough. Fortunately my dad didn't get chomped on by impatient raccoons, but he didn't try that again.

Another night while we were there a young deer wandered into our area. My dad began feeding it leaves from some cabbage, and the deer followed him into our vacation trailer for the food. I was convinced the deer would freak out and destroy the interior, but it calmly stood there and ate cabbage, then walked to the door and jumped out. We got some photos of it too.

/sometimes you get lucky
 
2013-11-17 06:35:59 PM  

Bendal: Years ago we vacationed in a state park at Panama City Beach, FL. That evening a family of raccoons showed up just on the edge of the trees. My dad thought it would be a neat photo to have him feeding them by hand. Well, we've got photos of the entire family climbing him like a tree to get to the food when he didn't feed them fast enough. Fortunately my dad didn't get chomped on by impatient raccoons, but he didn't try that again.

Another night while we were there a young deer wandered into our area. My dad began feeding it leaves from some cabbage, and the deer followed him into our vacation trailer for the food. I was convinced the deer would freak out and destroy the interior, but it calmly stood there and ate cabbage, then walked to the door and jumped out. We got some photos of it too.

/sometimes you get lucky


Wow your father is a farking retard.
 
2013-11-17 06:39:55 PM  

Bendal: Years ago we vacationed in a state park at Panama City Beach, FL. That evening a family of raccoons showed up just on the edge of the trees. My dad thought it would be a neat photo to have him feeding them by hand. Well, we've got photos of the entire family climbing him like a tree ...


Your family or the raccoon family?
 
2013-11-17 06:45:21 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: FTA: Smokies spokeswoman Dana Soehn said the difficult decision to put the elk to death was made after efforts to keep it away from people failed. She said visitors have been feeding some of the elks, causing the wild animals to lose their fear of humans.

Same goes for bears. Don't f*cking feed them because they often end up becoming nuisance animals that have to be relocated. If that fails the animals are often killed, all because some people can't get it through their thick skulls not to feed the wildlife.


So many people have grown up thinking wild animals are just like Disney cartoons.

/It's all Walt's fault!
 
2013-11-17 06:45:42 PM  

Director_Mr: It would have been sadder if the Elk ended up goring someone and they died because it had no fear of people.  Elks are big, strong and dangerous.  Even when they look cute.


This. Elk have no adaptation to humans, and can be aggressive. Better it be put down.
 
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