Officials searching for Telluride elk poacher

TELLURIDE, Colo. (KKCO) – Authorities are searching for the person responsible for poaching a bull elk near Telluride.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Joe Lewandowski said a manager found the dead animal in a gated community on Sept. 28. The poacher had shot it with a rifle, cut off its head and partially field-dressed it.

The elk had also been dragged by an all-terrain vehicle for some distance, according to District Wildlife Officer Joe Koch.

Koch said poaching is a significant problem in Colorado.

"Not only did the poacher kill a magnificent animal illegally, this takes away wildlife resources from all Colorado residents and ethical sportsmen and sportswomen," Koch said.

Now, Parks and Wildlife is asking for the public’s help to identify the person/people who did it.

If you have any information, call the office in Montrose at 970-252-6000, or Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648.

You can also email . Any tips can be made anonymously, and a reward may be available for any tips that lead to a conviction.