A bull elk was killed illegally near Telluride about a week ago and Colorado Parks and wildlife officials are seeking information on this poaching incident.

The manager of the West Meadows subdivision found the elk within the gated community on Sept. 28. The animal was shot with a rifle, its head had been cut off and removed, and it had been partially field dressed. District Wildlife Officer Joe Koch said that the elk also had been dragged some distance by an all terrain vehicle. He said the animal was probably killed the weekend of Sept. 22.

“The manager said that he’d seen some large bulls within the subdivision’s property, so if anyone saw any suspicious activity there we want to hear from you,” Koch said.

Poaching is a significant problem in Colorado. Wildlife officers rely on the help from the public to solve these crimes.

“Not only did the poacher kill a magnificent animal illegally, this takes away wildlife resources from all Colorado residents and ethical sportsmen and sportswomen,” Koch said.

If you have any information about this incident, please call the Parks and Wildlife office in Montrose at 970-252-6000, or Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648, or by e-mail at game.thief@state.co.us.

Tips can be made anonymously. Rewards are possible for tips that lead to a conviction.

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