BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The elk was honored with a makeshift memorial of candles, songs and stories.
Several hundred people attended a vigil Sunday in Boulder, Colo., for the elk that was killed by a police officer. It had wandered into a neighborhood, 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 say 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 Monday (http://bit.ly/WpKRmq ) that officer has a website that offers taxidermy services.
The second officer also has been placed on leave. State wildlife officials are investigating.
Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.dailycamera.com/