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Division of Wildlife puts down elk in Glenwood

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentAn injured, 6-point bull elk that had attracted attention in Glenwood Springs of late was put down by state wildlife officials on Wednesday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Colorado Division of Wildlife officers put down an injured, 6-point elk Wednesday in Glenwood Springs after determining the animal was suffering.

The elk had been spotted frequently in the Roaring Fork River behind the Safeway store in Glenwood.

According to DOW spokesman Randy Hampton, wildlife managers determined the elk was hurting and unable to recover from several injuries they suspect the animal received more than a week ago.

“We took a closer look and just realized that the best thing to do was to put it down,” Hampton said.

A necropsy was performed Wednesday night and the carcass was analyzed. According to Hampton, the elk had a broken rear leg at the knee joint, an infected split in one of it’s front hooves, and an infection in the blood stream which was most likely caused by the leg injury, which had become infected with gangrene.

“There is not a vet in the world that could have done anything with it,” Hampton said. “We are certain we made the right choice.”

“We appreciate everyone keeping us apprised of what was going on and everyone that wanted to help,” Hampton added. “Unfortunately, in this situation, the best thing you can do was just to end the animals suffering.”

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