ASPEN – Rocky Mountain National Park investigators are searching for poachers after a pair of elk were illegally shot and killed inside the park.
The Aspen Times reports park officials confirmed late Sunday that an investigation is currently underway after two bull elk were poached in separate incidents earlier in the month.
The first poaching incident is believed to have occurred during the night of Sept. 11 or the early morning hours of Sept. 12.
A park official says the bull’s head had been “severed and the carcass remained.”
The second incident is believed to have occurred during the night of Sept. 21 or the early morning hours of Sept. 22.
Officials made no statements regarding whether they believe the two incidents are connected.
All hunting is prohibited within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park.