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Rocky Mountain National Park Seeks Public’s Help in Elk Poaching Cases

September 23, 2018

Rocky Mountain National Park officials are seeking the public’s help as they investigate two incidents of elk poaching over the weekend.

Saturday morning, park visitors reported a dead bull elk next to Trail Ridge Road near the Ute Crossing Trail south of Forest Canyon Overlook in Rocky Mountain National Park. Park rangers determined the large bull had been killed Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Previously, on the morning of Sept. 12, rangers found a large bull elk that had been poached on Trail Ridge Road near Milner Pass. The elk was killed overnight or early that morning. The bull’s head had been severed and the carcass remained.

Rangers are asking anyone with information on those incidents or other incidents related to wildlife poaching to call or text the National Park Investigative Services at 888-653-0009 or call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-332-4155. Information can be reported anonymously.

Park rangers also are asking for any photographs taken of bull elk near Milner Pass. Email those to nps_isb@nps.gov or post on the park’s Facebook page at RockyNPS .

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