Owner Cited after Dog Attacks Elk Calf

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A dog, off-leash on a trail near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, where leashes are required, attacked an elk calf. The dog’s owner received a $200 citation for harassment of wildlife.

“We consistently enforce our statutes and regulations,” Kris Middledorf, Colorado Parks and Wildlife area wildlife manager, told the Steamboat Pilot & Today. “Dogs harassing wildlife and potentially harming wildlife is something we take seriously.”

The incident happened just beyond the trailhead. Wildlife officials say it did not appear the calf received any injuries.

Middledorf returned the following morning but could not find the calf. He believes its mother took it further into the backcountry.