A huge bull elk that was the center piece of Estes Park's annual Elk Fest was illegally shot on or around October 15th. Currently the Colorado Division of Wildlife is offering a $5000 reward to the person or persons who provide information that will lead to the arrest of the poachers.
The bull was the star attraction of the Elk Fest and was viewed by Estes Park residents and hundreds of visitors, according to Rick Spowart, District Wildlife Manager for Estes Park.
"This was probably the biggest bull in the Estes Valley," Spowart said. "For about a month, I saw him every day on the golf course with a big harem, bugling and doing the whole rut thing. Whoever did this stole a great watchable wildlife opportunity from all of us."