A cow elk has been found shot and partially gutted in a meadow off of Teller County Road 1 at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument.
The National Parks Service and Colorado Parks and Wildlife investigators say they think the animal was poached on the evening of Sunday, October 27, 2013.
The animal appears to have been shot with a rifle. The poacher or poachers started to gut the animal but left before finishing.
In a news release, Florissant Fossil Beds superintendent Michelle Wheatley said that because most wildlife crimes occur at night or in remote areas, tips from park neighbors and the general public are some of the most important tools in solving a poaching.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument at 719-748-3253 or Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward.