In the Great Smoky Mountains, National Park at the east end is the Cataloochee Valley. At one time the mountains of the Southern Appalachia were home to elk but were eliminated by overhunting and loss of habitat. In 2001 twenty-five elk were reintroduced to the area. You can now see elk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitor center in Cherokee, North Carolina.
I call him Big Boy, but his tag number says 67. Watching him for over five years now and each time he amazes me. Here he is answering another huge bull who has some of his harem, and he is upset about it!
As a photographer, you get to know your subject, and I have known #67 for years, and the first elk I truly loved. I have been in search of him since last year after the rut. Monday he was euthanized due to skin lesions and necrosis. My heart is heavy right now, but I will one day see you again my friend!
Rest in Peace 10-5-2015
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