Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating a case in which seven elk were shot and left to rot roughly 20 miles north of Craig, Colorado.
A citizen contacted the wildlife authorities about the dead animals on November 22. Upon investigation, authorities found all seven of the elk in close proximity.
"This was not hunting. This was poaching," said Mike Swaro, Assistant Area Wildlife Manager.
If a hunter kills an animal in Colorado, they are required, by law, to harvest it for human consumption. The waste of game is one of several charges the poacher will likely face, according to officials.
Authorities hope that by releasing some of the details of the case, they will be able to locate anyone that might know something that could help the investigation.
The specific location of the poaching was northeast of the intersection at Moffat County Roads 109 and 3. Authorities believe the crime was committed on November 20.
"Even little things can become clues that will find those responsible," said Swaro.
There is a reward fund related to the case. Anyone who may know something that helps to solve the case can call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648.