Wildlife officials investigate Boulder elk death
January 3, 2013
BOULDER – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating whether any crimes were committed by two police officers tied to the death of an elk in Boulder, and the police department has launched an internal investigation.
Boulder police confirmed Thursday that an on-duty officer shot and killed the bull elk late Tuesday but didn’t file a report with his supervisors or notify dispatchers. That officer has been placed on leave.
City officials say a second, off-duty officer took the elk home “to be processed for meat.”
The officer who shot the elk said it was limping and appeared as if it needed to be put down, but resident JoOnna Silberman told the Daily Camera the animal wasn’t limping when she saw it a few hours before it was killed.