Elk Killing at Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park

A park official said on Thursday, Federal wildlife managers are investigating the shooting death of an elk cow in Rocky Mountain National Park, where hunting is illegal to protect a herd of some 600 to 800 of the massive mammals. Spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said, Rangers were notified that a visitor to the park, about 60 miles northwest of Denver, shot the elk on Wednesday and that the animal was later found dead near Mills Lake on the eastern side of the park. Elk were once plentiful in the mountainous area, but were hunted to near extinction in the late 19th century by settlers to Colorado, according to the park's website.