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Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk Killed By Police Officer In Boulder (Colorado)
CBS News Denver ^ | January 6, 2013

Posted on 01/06/2013 10:55:19 PM PST by Zakeet

A candlelight vigil was held in Boulder Sunday evening for an elk that was shot by a police officer last Tuesday.

The vigil was held on Mountain View Road near where the incident occurred. Some residents say the elk was considered a friend and even a guardian. They created a memorial at a tree in the area.

Two police officers who were involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave while the Boulder Police Department investigates.

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Several neighbors told CBS4 they feel there was no reason to kill the animal, and they are encouraging others to complain about what happened.

“He was just a majestic being and it’s so sad that it came down to this, it’s heartbreaking,” neighbor Jennifer Centeno said.

Mark Rourke, a postal carrier who delivers mail to the Mapleton Hill neighborhood, told CBS4 the elk had been seen in the neighborhood over the past week or two, and that although it once cornered him on a porch, it didn’t deserve to die.

“I think it was just being defensive. I scared it when I walked through the gate,” he said. “It makes me sick, it just makes me sick. It was a beautiful animal.”

One person at the vigil called the elk a wonderful visitor to the neighborhood and he truly loved the elk.

“I cried; outraged; I lost a very dear friend,” resident Marcus O’Bryon said. “I know that’s hard for some people to believe, but he was an incredible, magnificent creature.”

(Excerpt) Read more at denver.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: animalwhackos; colorado; environmentalism; leo; liberalism; protest; wildlife
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Those bad old cops wouldn't have shot Elmo the Elk if we had stricter gun control laws ... to keep dangerous weapons away from the police!

1 posted on 01/06/2013 10:55:35 PM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

I would have had a charcoal grill vigil!


2 posted on 01/06/2013 11:02:24 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Zakeet
The investigation will begin as soon as the Police Elk Barbecue is finished.
3 posted on 01/06/2013 11:06:03 PM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: Paleo Conservative

Frying elk over a pit.


4 posted on 01/06/2013 11:07:06 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: Paleo Conservative

Right on.


5 posted on 01/06/2013 11:08:14 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: Zakeet
I'm surprised the cops in Banff, Alberta aren't going crazy shooting the elk that roam all over town and on the golf courses!


6 posted on 01/06/2013 11:09:55 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Zakeet

Elk are a renewable resource.


7 posted on 01/06/2013 11:09:55 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: count-your-change

Does elk go with penguin?

8 posted on 01/06/2013 11:12:12 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Zakeet

Elk is some might good eating. Yum yum!

That said, as silly as the vigil/local response is...I’m not entirely sure I buy the officer’s story, either. It may have been that the elk was injured and needed to be put down, or it might have been a case of poaching (if that’s the correct word used here). If I ran across an animal sick or injured enough that it needed to be put down, I’m not sure I’d be that eager to have it wind up on my dinner table.

Just sayin’.


9 posted on 01/06/2013 11:14:30 PM PST by DemforBush (You might very well think that. I could not *possibly* comment.)
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To: Zakeet

It is another outbreak of “Boulder Dementia Syndrome”. Note the clear loss of objectivity in the following post by a consummate career Trough Feeder, PostalPerson Mark O’Rourk said of the elk which had threatened him and cornered him on a porch recently, “..it didn’t deserve to die.”

Yes, indeed, PostalPerson - let over a quarter of a ton of mad meat introduce you to its antlers and kick you into downtown Boulder with its pointy hoofs.


10 posted on 01/06/2013 11:15:26 PM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: Zakeet

See what happens when someone (ME) jump to conclusions just by looking at the headline.

I thought maybe one of the boys got rowdy at the Sat night BPOE dance.

Sorry.......................

One might ask if these mourners had a life or something but....


11 posted on 01/06/2013 11:16:06 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98 "It is virtually impossible to clean the pond as long as the pigs are still crapping in it")
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To: Vince Ferrer; Grampa Dave; forester; tubebender; BOBTHENAILER
"Elk are a renewable resource."

And so sustainable too!!!

12 posted on 01/06/2013 11:18:01 PM PST by SierraWasp (Conservative, constitutional & capitalistic thinking is the last refuge from pussy liberal thought!!)
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To: Zakeet

Let’s see if I understand this correctly:

* No report filed
* No proof that elk was actually injured
* Quickly spirited away to be dressed out for “personal” use

Certainly sounds like poaching to me. Will there be any repercussions? Very unlikely.


13 posted on 01/06/2013 11:22:41 PM PST by beelzepug ("Why bother creating wealth when you can just redistribute it?")
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To: Zakeet

How many ants are being murdered by the people in that picture? :o)

14 posted on 01/06/2013 11:24:29 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Zakeet

Elk meat taste great!!!!


15 posted on 01/06/2013 11:24:59 PM PST by tallyhoe
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To: DemforBush
The elk was killed on Tuesday near the intersection of 9th and Mapleton, and Beckner said the incident wasn’t reported by either officer until residents began to ask questions about the killing. He said Carter, who was on duty and on patrol in the area at the time, ended up admitting he spotted the elk and felt the animal needed to be “humanely euthanized” because it was injured.

After Carter shot and killed it with a single shot, he called Curnow. After Carter posed for a photo with the elk, Curnow “took the elk in his own vehicle to process the meat for personal use,” Beckner wrote in a letter to residents on Friday about the matter.

Unless the jornolister left something out the cop didn't do it right. You have to call a DoW officer to dispatch injured wildlife and you have to get permission from the DoW to keep the carcass. They don't use pistols to dispatch injured deer and elk either. I think that explains why they didn't file a report.

16 posted on 01/06/2013 11:26:15 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Zakeet

Cops, shooting an elk in BOULDER? This is so unrepentant, so guaranteed to inflame that open air lunatic asylum, that i’m proud of these cops.
There is just something almost fine about it.


17 posted on 01/06/2013 11:28:16 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Zakeet

Did they mistake it for a dog?


18 posted on 01/06/2013 11:30:10 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Zakeet

Just went to the website and read the article. The cop POSED with his elk, for a trophy photo, holding the antlers! ROFLMAO


19 posted on 01/06/2013 11:31:05 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Maybe he was hoping to spot a golf-obsessed Prez?


20 posted on 01/06/2013 11:31:05 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Jonty30
Possibly.


21 posted on 01/06/2013 11:32:22 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Zakeet

Wait wait,, i got it. Maybe the elk was really killed by a “small foreign faction”. Did anyone find a ransom note?


22 posted on 01/06/2013 11:34:56 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: TigersEye

Did the cop have a hunting license? I doubt it. And aren’t there laws about discharging weapons inside the city?


23 posted on 01/06/2013 11:38:16 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Zakeet

Colorado, you are becoming an embarrassment to the Rocky Mountain West.


24 posted on 01/06/2013 11:41:41 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: smokingfrog
I think cops are allowed to discharge weapons in the city. They're supposed to file a report about it though. lol

I was wrong about him using a pistol though. At the bottom of the article the letter from the chief says he used a shotgun. I was going by the caption under the pic which said "Boulder Police Officer Sam Carter poses with the elk he shot with his service gun while on duty. (credit: CBS)" I wrongly assumed that "service gun" meant his pistol.

25 posted on 01/06/2013 11:42:04 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: roamer_1

Bozeman.


26 posted on 01/06/2013 11:43:00 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: smokingfrog

Used a shotgun, and yes there are. And cops are allowed to use one in the city to destroy an injured animal. This one had a hurt leg. And if he took the meat, it’s almost a guarantee he got permission of game and fish, otherwise you would have already heard of them taking some sort of action. Game wardens cut nobody any slack,,,ever.
Trusting the news coming out of Boulder is like,,,, well, trusting the news coming out of Boulder.


27 posted on 01/06/2013 11:43:11 PM PST by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: GladesGuru

That’s boulder. 5 square miles surrounded by reality!


28 posted on 01/06/2013 11:54:26 PM PST by Mom MD (Liberals are slinkies. Good for nothing but they make you smile when you push them down stairs.)
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To: DemforBush; All

The officer on duty says the animal was limping so he shot it. He called his off duty buddy who came, the took a picture and then his buddy took the animal home to process. The police chief says this is being investigated. He should have notified the dispatcher, spoken with his supervisor, and then written a report. He did NONE of those things. If I am not mistaken most police departments require a written report any time a shot is fired.


29 posted on 01/06/2013 11:55:32 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Zakeet

Isn’t it customary for injured wildlife to be euthanized by Dept. of Fish and Game personnel?


30 posted on 01/06/2013 11:57:46 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: TigersEye
Bozeman. Nah... Maybe Missoula.
31 posted on 01/06/2013 11:59:36 PM PST by roamer_1 (Globalism is just socialism in a business suit.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

He’s being investigated by the CDPW. (Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife)


32 posted on 01/07/2013 12:02:48 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: roamer_1

Yeah, Missoula too! Last time I was there was in ‘94 and I was stunned at how hippy dippy it had become. But Bozone was interesting too. lol


33 posted on 01/07/2013 12:04:45 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: TigersEye
He’s being investigated by the CDPW. (Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife)

I would hope so. Unless some persons life was in immediate danger, there was no need for the euthanizing of the animal by a police officer. He should have notified fish and game.

34 posted on 01/07/2013 12:09:36 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: Alaska Wolf
I live in Larimer county just north of Boulder county. I'm sure a town cop here in Estes or a sheriff or a state trooper would put down an injured animal before the DoW guy came if it were a public danger or the animal was really suffering and DoW was going to be a while getting there. But they would still call DoW and have them sign off on it. That would be no problem.

From all I have read in our local paper over the years they all have a tight working relationship. It's easy peasy to have the DoW guy sign off on taking road kill too. All you have to do is be the first one to ask.

35 posted on 01/07/2013 12:16:54 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
As a nature lover I would have been right in there with them if I were a bit younger.

I think I could get in their pants.

I love nature.

36 posted on 01/07/2013 12:17:56 AM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: MARTIAL MONK
ROTFLOL

Ohhhhh, pooooooor Elmoooooo. snif snif He used to visit my herb garden. snif His tracks are still there, you wanna come over and see them?

37 posted on 01/07/2013 12:22:53 AM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Zakeet
Don't they have dogs in Boulder?


38 posted on 01/07/2013 12:24:38 AM PST by Bon mots (Abu Ghraib: 47 Times on the front page of the NY Times | Benghazi: 2 Times)
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To: Zakeet

There goes the carbon credits for candles and elk fajita farts for January......

Selfish digits.!


39 posted on 01/07/2013 12:53:40 AM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: Zakeet

Officers Sam “Bubba” Carter and Brent “Cooter” Curnow.


40 posted on 01/07/2013 1:43:02 AM PST by wolficatZ (Hey blue states....Got Food?)
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To: Zakeet

The forest animals are laughing at these people.


41 posted on 01/07/2013 2:06:54 AM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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To: TigersEye

Penguins For Ethical Treatment of Animals objects!


42 posted on 01/07/2013 2:11:57 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: elkfersupper

elkfersupper


43 posted on 01/07/2013 2:50:40 AM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Zakeet

Note to California...

...we found your missing hippies.


44 posted on 01/07/2013 2:51:31 AM PST by null and void (The world is full of Maple Streets.)
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To: Zakeet
As far as I'm concerned, these ridiculous "candle light vigils" are nothing more than an attempt by the participants to get their faces on the television......

And as for those memorial spots at the scene of whatever where people put the stuffed animals, flowers and cards, they end up as nothing more than a trash dump after the first heavy rainfall that somebody has to clean up.......

And if I were to be killed, the last place my family would be is standing around in the front yard crying with the neighbors, waiting for the news crew to arrive..........

OK, rant is over.....

45 posted on 01/07/2013 2:51:56 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Zakeet

Cop might’ve mistaken it for somebody’s dog.

This vigil would make for a really great South Park episode.

I had an elk burger once. I liked it; tasted like beef.


46 posted on 01/07/2013 3:04:01 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Happy New Year!)
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To: Zakeet

Perhaps the moose bit the officer’s sister?


47 posted on 01/07/2013 3:08:20 AM PST by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
How many ants are being murdered by the people in that picture? :o)

Better to ask how many joints are being murdered in that picture?

I remember when I was a kid, I wantonly slaughtered an defenseless ant, and a little girl went off on me about how it had a life and I took it away.

My education in liberalism started at a young age.

48 posted on 01/07/2013 3:15:44 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: Zakeet
I lost a very dear friend,” resident Marcus O’Bryon said.

Either a brilliant pun, or this dolt has no life whatsoever.

49 posted on 01/07/2013 3:36:35 AM PST by Teacher317 ('Tis time to fear when tyrants seem to kiss.)
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To: Zakeet

These people have too much free time. This how people become when they have no trials or tribulations in their life. Humans need some sort of ‘cause.’ If all the normal needs like food, shelter, clothing, entertainment, etc. are taken care of then people tend to do stupid things like this. I’m not saying these people are stupid. I’m saying the only reason they have time to even worry about this sort of thing is because all of their real needs are met and probably have always been met as long as they have lived.


50 posted on 01/07/2013 3:46:44 AM PST by servo1969
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