ESTES PARK, Colo. (CBS4) – In 2002, an elk in Estes Park decided to engage in a battle with what he apparently thought was a bitter rival, and the showdown was captured in a photo.

Gary Hazelton of Estes Park News shared a photo with CBS4 Friday morning that dates back to 2002 of a bull elk butting heads with an elk statue in his mountain town. The statue is titled Samson, and it was modeled after the town’s legendary elk by sculptor Carol Cunningham.

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“After spying Samson, this elk pawed the ground and charged, the elk thrust his antlers into the bronze statue and a resounding ‘clang’ was heard echoing throughout the mountains,” Hazelton wrote.

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(credit: Gary & Kris Hazelton)

(credit: Gary & Kris Hazelton)

According to Cunningham’s website, the Samson statue is about 25 percent larger than an actual elk.

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Elk Fest takes place this weekend in Estes Park, and it will include a discussion by Colorado Parks and Wildlife district manager Rick Spowart about Samson’s untimely death at the hands of a poacher.