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Boulder cops under investigation in elk shooting
After initially denying neighbor reports that Boulder police shot a large bull elk at Ninth Street and Mapleton Avenue late Tuesday night, police officials today revealed that an on-duty officer did kill the animal, but failed to file a report with his supervisors or notify dispatchers.
A second, off-duty officer took the elk home "to be processed for meat," according to city officials.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now investigating the shooting to determine whether a crime has occurred, while the Boulder Police Department has launched an internal personnel investigation of the officers invovled.
Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman for Parks and Wildlife, said she cannot comment on the case because it is an "active investigation." She said the investigation focuses on the "wildlife perspective."
Churchill noted Wednesday that the elk is a "large game animal and a trophy animal." The hunting of such animals is closely regulated.
Hunting is never allowed within city limits.
The Boulder Police Department also apologized today "for the confusion" over the shooting.