Carcasses seen at Canyons of the Ancients monument |

Carcasses seen at Canyons of the Ancients monument

CORTEZ ” Investigators in southwestern Colorado are trying to determine who dumped dozens of animal carcasses in the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and whether that party was also responsible for vandalizing the monument near Cortez.

Bureau of Land Management law enforcement officer Logan Briscoe says he discovered up to 700 pounds of rotting animal carcasses in a pile last month. The Cortez Journal quoted Briscoe on Monday as saying the carcasses included one cow, with the rest appearing to be elk and possibly deer.

Briscoe says tire tracks in the snow indicate all of the carcasses were likely dumped at the same time.

The vandalism included damage to trailhead facilities and signs at the Sand Canyon Pueblo area.

Damage is estimated at $350 to $400.

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