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When Poaching an Elk Isn't Poaching?????

Here is a story from a Denver news station on a elk that was shot by a Boulder police officer. The story states that the officer thought that the elk was injured and decided to put it down. Now he did this without notifying the Colorado Parks and Wildlife and it sounds like another officer took the elk to his home to butcher it.

This story is going to get interesting before it is through.

http://www.9news.com/news/article/308329/339/Neighborhood-elk-killed-by-...

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Still poaching

Oh it's still poaching.  He isn't the first cop and won't be the last to do somehting like this

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Boulder elk poaching by on-duty police officer

If this is properly investigated and if its as bad as reporting would suggest then this will be a watershed moment in the history of poaching prosecutions.

Very troubling that the officer says the elk had broken antlers and appeared injured but the photos of the dead elk show reasonably healthy antlers -- not that broken antlers mean anything regarding the health of the animal. More an indictment of the officer's honesty.

Also very troubling that apparently several off duty officers assisted in collecting the animal and salvaging the meat. But none thought to call DOW? And no one filed a report even though the officer discharged is firearm... in the city limits ... in someone's yard ... late at night?

The photos posing with the animal -- as if it were a trophy.

Troubling indeed.

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Agree with everything you

Agree with everything you said.  Only the upper right main beam was snapped off, rest of the tines were all healthy.  Seemed to be standing okay in the one photo, but it is a still shot.

-If it's injured, call DOW unless it's in immediate danger to itself or the public.

-If you have to shoot it, report it.  Heck, ANY TIME we discharge our firearms outside of regular training, we need to report it.  Let alone the fact it was in someone's front yard.

-Don't bring it home to butcher it...... Wow. Guys could get in alot of trouble.

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Gut feeling says poaching to

Gut feeling says poaching to me. Hopefully being a cop won't get them out of it.

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I was so mad when I read this

I was so mad when I read this story. Everything about it was shady. I read that the officer didnt follow any standard procedure for this case including not reporting it, taking the animal home, and butchering it. None of which are standard procedure for these situations. He should be charged like any other poacher. He broke a a lot of rules and the bull was a 6 point so it qualifies for the samson Act.  How stupid was this guy? why would you do that? And especially in boulder, Those people will run him out of town. I heard they had a neighborhood memorial service for the elk.

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The Mapleton Hill

The Mapleton Hill neighborhood did have a memorial service for the bull elk.  Our local paper had pictures of a little girl holding a candle.  I'd have to say these cops are screwed in Boulder.  Boulderites get upset at the mention of killing prairie dogs, raccoons...even the rare Prebbles jumping mouse.  An elk, with a neighborhood memorial service and all, will get a lynch mob rallied up at the police station.

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What's even worse, is the

What's even worse, is the mentality of some of these kooks.  Did you see this????

""I don't see a whole lot of difference between the shooting of this defenseless elk and the shooting of school children in Connecticut," one vigil attendee told KCNC.

I would laugh, if it wasn't for the fact that this person truly believes that....... Downright scary.....

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You would have to understand

You would have to understand the mentality of a lot of those that live in Boulder.

They didn't film or have for its setting the sitcom Mork and Mindy there for nothing.

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Yeah, tell me about it.  My

lol Yeah, tell me about it.  My best friend got his Masters and PHD from CU, and was there for 6-7 years.  I visited him every spring during that time.  Met some interesting people.

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The two guys involved should

The two guys involved should lose their jobs and the one that shot it should be charged with poaching under the Sampson Law. Even crazier is all these nuts that treat animals as equals or better than humans and there are millions of them out there!

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