'Big Boy' the Mapleton elk killed by Boulder police officer could get a permanent memorial

BOULDER, Colo. - The Boulder chapter of an animal support group has raised $3,000 to pay for a permanent memorial to an elk that was killed by a police officer.

Supporters from the organization In Defense of Animals say the memorial would be a symbol of what is important to Boulder residents, according to the Boulder Daily Camera.

Officer Sam Carter, said he was on routine patrol when he saw an elk that he said appeared to be injured on Jan. 1.

Officials said Officer Carter shot and killed the elk, and the elk was taken home to be processed for meat by fellow officer Brent Curnow, who was off-duty at the time.

Carter and Curnow were arrested on nine charges, including killing an elk out of season and tampering with evidence. Both have resigned from the department.

The arrest affidavit shows the two planned the shooting in advance.

About 180 people attended a candlelight vigil to "celebrate the life" of the elk on Jan. 6.

Print this article Back to Top