BOULDER, Colo. - A former police officer in Boulder who killed a trophy elk last year has been convicted on nine charges including illegal hunting.
The Daily Camera reports that a Boulder County jury convicted Sam Carter. Carter shot and killed the animal last year as it grazed beneath a crabapple tree, saying the elk had become dangerously domesticated and aggressive.
Prosecutors argued the killing was a case of poaching by an officer who sought to use his position as an officer to get an illegal trophy mount. The killing sparked intense protests in this college town, where the shooting sparked prayer vigils and at least one tribute song.
The charges include forgery, attempting to influence a public official, tampering with evidence and unlawfully killing a big game animal out of season.