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Sparring partners: Man vs. spike elk

Posted: Updated: photo by Roger Trentham photo by Roger Trentham

When Roger Trentham, a blogger for GoSmokies, was driving through Cataloochee Sunday morning, he saw about twenty people lined up along the road watching and photographing a bull elk and his harem of about ten cows and three calves.

While they all tread with caution not to disturb the animals, some movement about seventy-five yards away from Trentham caught his attention. It was a spike elk sparring with one of the photographers.

"The spike had apparently come out of the woods behind the man and wanted to do a little sparring. I turned my camera and began recording the session," Trentham said. "The man lowered his head to avoid eye contact and covered his face with his arms while the spike placed the crown of his head between his antlers against the man's head and began turning back and forth. The man protected himself as best he could with his arms while clutching his camera and this went on for several minutes."

The man didn't appear to have any injuries.

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