January 3, 2013
Nobody owned up to being a "Return of the Secaucus Seven" fan, but this one is out of the script:
Mystery solved: Boulder police admit officer shot elk, but failed to tell anyone
After initially denying neighbor reports that Boulder police shot a large bull elk at Ninth Street and Mapleton Avenue late Tuesday night, police officials today revealed that an on-duty officer did kill the animal, but failed to file a report with his supervisors or notify dispatchers.
Posted by John Kranz at January 3, 2013 12:18 PM
Okay, I'm not an expert here, but I did consult Google Maps, and Ninth and Mapleton is five blocks from the west edge of town, in a residential district, and immediately adjacent to what looks like a school or playground. According to the article, this elk had been acting aggressively and cornered a mailman.
That looks like six months of good eating, and I think I can get away with saying "Nice rack!" without being taken out of context.
So what exactly is the issue? What were the cops supposed to do, bring it tea and dumplings? Big, aggressive animal, habitually terrorizing a community willed with helpless children and mailmen ("It's for the children! And the postmen..."); someone who society has issued a gun and a badge to for their protection shows up on scene and solves the problem. Click, bang, done.
But no! Someone has their lower intestine in a twist because a report wasn't filed? Did Atticus Finch file a report when he put down a rabid dog?
The only question I have is, why did it take over a week for someone to do this? This four-legged mass of tasty protein has been cruising the neighborhood for a week raising a ruckus, and not one person in a five-block range has the wherewithal to take the family shootin' iron off the wall and deal with it?
What, is Boulder full of hoplophones and GFWs unable to deal with a situation without permission from the guv'mint?
I will, of course, defer to Colorado residents to edumacate me on the lay of the land here...