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CHEROKEE, N.C. (WSPA) – While the scenic fall leaves may attract hordes of visitors to our western North Carolina mountains it’s actually a 500-pound vegetarian that’s the star attraction this time of year.

7 News anchor Ben Hoover and photojournalist Jason Parker went on a wild assignment that brought a rare opportunity to chase North Carolina’s most majestic residents.

Watch the story for an up-close look at the eastern elk of the Great Smoky Mountains and learn more about the best times to see them with your family by visiting the Oconaluftee Visitor Center’s website.

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