Skip to comments.Candlelight Vigil Held For Elk Killed By Police Officer In Boulder (Colorado)
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.
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 its so sad that it came down to this, its 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 didnt 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 OBryon said. I know thats hard for some people to believe, but he was an incredible, magnificent creature.
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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!
I would have had a charcoal grill vigil!
Frying elk over a pit.
Elk are a renewable resource.
Does elk go with penguin?
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.
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.
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.
One might ask if these mourners had a life or something but....
And so sustainable too!!!
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.
How many ants are being murdered by the people in that picture? :o)
Elk meat taste great!!!!
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.
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.
Did they mistake it for a dog?
Just went to the website and read the article. The cop POSED with his elk, for a trophy photo, holding the antlers! ROFLMAO
Maybe he was hoping to spot a golf-obsessed Prez?
Wait wait,, i got it. Maybe the elk was really killed by a “small foreign faction”. Did anyone find a ransom note?
Did the cop have a hunting license? I doubt it. And aren’t there laws about discharging weapons inside the city?
Colorado, you are becoming an embarrassment to the Rocky Mountain West.
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.
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.
That’s boulder. 5 square miles surrounded by reality!
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.
Isn’t it customary for injured wildlife to be euthanized by Dept. of Fish and Game personnel?
He’s being investigated by the CDPW. (Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife)
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
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.
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.
I think I could get in their pants.
I love nature.
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?
There goes the carbon credits for candles and elk fajita farts for January......
Officers Sam “Bubba” Carter and Brent “Cooter” Curnow.
The forest animals are laughing at these people.
Penguins For Ethical Treatment of Animals objects!
Note to California...
...we found your missing hippies.
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.....
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.
Perhaps the moose bit the officer’s sister?
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.
Either a brilliant pun, or this dolt has no life whatsoever.
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.