Tuesday 27 January 2015

Vigil for elk killed by police

Published 08/01/2013 | 06:11

Several hundred people have attended a vigil for an elk in Colorado

An elk killed by a US police officer has been honoured with a makeshift memorial of candles, songs and stories.

Several hundred people attended a vigil in Boulder, Colorado, for the elk.

It had wandered into a neighbourhood, where it was fatally shot by an on-duty police officer.

The officer has said the elk appeared injured before he shot it. He has been placed on leave.

Police said an off-duty officer who had called in sick the night the elk was killed took the carcass home to be processed for meat.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that officer has a website that offers taxidermy services.

The second officer also has been placed on leave. State wildlife officials are investigating.

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