Photographer Vince Camiolo got more than he bargained for in North Carolina when he was snapping some pictures of a male elk grazing on the side of the road.

The elk became more interested in making trouble. He started physically harassing the photographer, escalating to full on head-butts.

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"My first thoughts were 'wow, he's getting pretty damn close here.' But I've been up close before without incident. I hoped being still and passive would see him pass on. When he lowered his antlers to me, I wanted to keep my vitals protected and my head down. I felt that standing up would provoke him more and leave me more vulnerable to goring. I think that while protecting myself with my head down, having my head down was a signal that I was rutting with him. I was concerned at first, but when he started rearing back and lunging at me later on, I got scared ... I was relieved to see the Ranger coming", according to the Huffington Post.