BOULDER — Mapleton Hill area residents are upset to learn it was a Boulder Police officer who shot and killed a beloved elk Tuesday.
At 11 p.m., the officer killed the bull elk in the area of Ninth Street and Mapleton Avenue. The elk, known as "Big Boy," had been in the neighborhood for years and was a favorite in the neighborhood.
The officer says he was on routine patrol when he saw the elk. The officer says the elk appeared injured because it was limping and some of its antlers were broken off.
"In the officer's judgment, the animal needed to be humanely put down," Boulder Police spokesperson Kim Kobel said in a release. The elk was in a residential yard when the officer shot it, another aspect that upset residents.
Kobel says it appears the officer did not inform Boulder Police Dispatch about his intentions to kill the animal. He did not notify an on-duty supervisor or file a report on the incident.
"Since there was no record about the Boulder Police Department's involvement, it created confusion about who was responsible. We apologize for the confusion and have initiated an internal personnel investigation into the matter," Kobel said.
The elk was then taken to the officer's home to be processed for meat by another officer, who was off-duty at the time.
Residents say the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department should have been notified and made the final decision on putting down the animal.
While the two officers have been suspended (with pay!!!!), they should be fired and removed from the force immediately.
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We don't need gun-happy officers patroling our streets, acting like Rambo and killing, then posing, with OUR wildlife.