DOW puts down elk in Glenwood Springs |

DOW puts down elk in Glenwood Springs

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The Colorado Division of Wildlife determined that the injured 6-point bull elk seen lately in the Roaring Fork River behind Safeway needed to be put down Wednesday.

According to DOW spokesman Randy Hampton, DOW wildlife managers determined that the elk was suffering and was 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 suffered from 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 rear 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.”

Hampton added, “(The DOW) appreciates everyone keeping us apprised of what was going on and everyone that wanted to help unfortunately, in this situation, the best thing you can do was just to end the animals suffering.”

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