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January 09, 2013
Elk Murder? Colorado Residents Hold Candlelight Vigil for Fallen Wapati - 9

Almost 200 people gathered on Mapleton Hill, Colo. Saturday night for a candlelight vigil to honor a fallen figure that many considered a “guardian” and "part of the neighborhood." Emotions ran a sorrowful gauntlet among those in attendance.

“I know a lot of us have had a lot of anger, a lot of questions, a lot of uncertainty,” said Jim Riemersma, vigil organizer.

This misguided outpouring of sympathy came about after an on-duty Boulder police officer shot and killed an elk last week. Yes, an elk. You read correctly.

This animal was seen in town for the past few weeks. Another officer assisted in loading the dead elk into a truck so it could be processed for meat.

Both officers are currently on paid administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation said to have begun Monday. At this time, there are conflicting reports on whether the animal behaved aggressively toward humans and what happened at the time of the shooting.

What is known is that at least 200 people — and perhaps more — saw the shooting as a murder. 

“To murder an animal who feels like he's part of the neighborhood is despicable,” said Esther Parson.

Folks, “murder” is the killing of one human by another; NOT the killing of an animal by a human.

Comment below! Check back for updates on this story. Trust me…I’ll be watching this one.

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from Matt Dickson wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Oh, for crying out loud, people! Those cops POACHED that elk, and their text messages in the days leading up to it prove it! You, as fellow ethical hunters ARE against POACHING, right? They are now up on several felony charges and have resigned. Boulderites are accustomed to cohabitating with wildlife and enjoy sharing the space and, just like in Estes park where a similar incident happened which led to the Samson Law these clods are now charged with, folks don't take too well to idiots poaching the wildlife they are thrilled to see in their neighborhoods. We accept that there are some risks living with wildlife around, but then again, since when is rutting season in January?

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Correction, in front of the State DNR headquarters.

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

A bunch of nutballs are doing the same thing this Saturday in front of the Wisconsin State Assembly building in Madison, to "mourn" the loss of the wolves killed in their state's inaugural wolf season last fall.
Some people seem to be getting stupider all the time, I think there's some reverse-evolution going on in this country

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from SKCUSATEP wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Well if that's murder..might as well lump me in with the Zodiac, Ed Gene, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and the gang...
(qualifier: not including all the sick crap they did to their victims)

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Wow, internal investigation and a candlelight vigil? Sounds like some anthropomorphism out of control here.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I'm going to need more information before I can make any judgement about the officers' behavior. It is not, however, murder.

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from BiggBucks wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I really hope that justice is served in this instance. While the people morning their neighborhood "pet" are mourning, they need to realize that if elk were a domesticated animal everyone would have one for the simple joy of a bull elk's antlers. The biggest issue is that a police officer used his authority entrusted to him in an inappropriate way. He has poached an animal, out of season, and broken a law that is enforced by F&G. He is not above the law and should be punished to the fullest extent, losing his badge and going to jail.

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from Andrew Williams wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

What a bunch of wackos! A pet,such as a og or cat,is a member of the family.A wild animal isn't and a large elk could very possibly pose a threat to people ,especcially during the ruting season when these animals become increasingly aggressive as the season progresses.To call what those officers did "murder" shows just how out of touch people in communities nation wide are becoming these days.I believe that many of thse types of people could pose a real danger to hunters,trappers,and even fishermen.Perhaps it's time to get their mental health checked out as there is definately something out of wack with these people.

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from JM wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Those residents have been burning more than just candles.

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from JM wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Those residents have been burning more than just candles.

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from Andrew Williams wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

What a bunch of wackos! A pet,such as a og or cat,is a member of the family.A wild animal isn't and a large elk could very possibly pose a threat to people ,especcially during the ruting season when these animals become increasingly aggressive as the season progresses.To call what those officers did "murder" shows just how out of touch people in communities nation wide are becoming these days.I believe that many of thse types of people could pose a real danger to hunters,trappers,and even fishermen.Perhaps it's time to get their mental health checked out as there is definately something out of wack with these people.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I'm going to need more information before I can make any judgement about the officers' behavior. It is not, however, murder.

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from BiggBucks wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

I really hope that justice is served in this instance. While the people morning their neighborhood "pet" are mourning, they need to realize that if elk were a domesticated animal everyone would have one for the simple joy of a bull elk's antlers. The biggest issue is that a police officer used his authority entrusted to him in an inappropriate way. He has poached an animal, out of season, and broken a law that is enforced by F&G. He is not above the law and should be punished to the fullest extent, losing his badge and going to jail.

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from MazPower wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Wow, internal investigation and a candlelight vigil? Sounds like some anthropomorphism out of control here.

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from SKCUSATEP wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Well if that's murder..might as well lump me in with the Zodiac, Ed Gene, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and the gang...
(qualifier: not including all the sick crap they did to their victims)

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

A bunch of nutballs are doing the same thing this Saturday in front of the Wisconsin State Assembly building in Madison, to "mourn" the loss of the wolves killed in their state's inaugural wolf season last fall.
Some people seem to be getting stupider all the time, I think there's some reverse-evolution going on in this country

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from huntfishtrap wrote 1 year 28 weeks ago

Correction, in front of the State DNR headquarters.

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from Matt Dickson wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Oh, for crying out loud, people! Those cops POACHED that elk, and their text messages in the days leading up to it prove it! You, as fellow ethical hunters ARE against POACHING, right? They are now up on several felony charges and have resigned. Boulderites are accustomed to cohabitating with wildlife and enjoy sharing the space and, just like in Estes park where a similar incident happened which led to the Samson Law these clods are now charged with, folks don't take too well to idiots poaching the wildlife they are thrilled to see in their neighborhoods. We accept that there are some risks living with wildlife around, but then again, since when is rutting season in January?

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