Male bull elk walks into the mist Photo Credit: jocrebbin (iStock).

Photo Credit: jocrebbin (iStock).

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.

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(4) comments

McAdams

I don't hunt. Don't care if anyone does. But this is a blatant waste of resources and wildlife officers time. Hope they're caught and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Theres a place in h e l l for people like this.

stev21

Its about time to ban hunting in Colorado, Only 10% of coloradans hunt big game. theres so much human disruption in colorados wildlife habitat, now. the combination of hunting poaching and habitat disruption are pushing wildlife populations into decline everywhere, except for Colorado Springs mule deer

strmraisr

Hunting has absolutely nothing to do with any decline. The number of tags issued are strictly considered by the number of animals. This is poaching, not hunting but hunting and poaching combined make less difference than our population in general. Colorado makes over 96 million dollars a year from hunting and that money goes in to conservation. Hunters and fishermen do more for animals than any anti hunting activist does. They dont all fill tags and some buy licenses but don't even intend to hunt. Seems like you just make stuff up because you don't like hunting but you are not in touch with reality.

dvohs

HOPE THEY ARE LOCATED AND PAY THE FINE. TERRIBLE WAY TO HUNT. THOSE ELK COULD HAVE FED A LOT OF PEOPLE AND WERE KILLED ONLY FOR SPORT.

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