CLOUDCROFT, N.M. (KRQE)- People in one New Mexico town are furious after an animal protecting its baby was shot and killed by police officers.
Village officials in Cloudcroft say this all might have been avoided if people would have not been feeding the wildlife.
It’s not unusual to see deer and elk in the small village of Cloudcroft.
“It’s very sad,” said Cloudcroft resident Deborah Ramirez.
Cloudcroft police Chief Matt Flotte says that the elk aggressively rushed a number of people including two young boys and the chief himself.
“Nobody ever wants to have to do that, we live amongst the animals up here, everybody, you know these weren’t some tourist that had come not knowing how animals react or anything like that,” said Flotte.
Village officials say they elk’s calf was not with it when they put the elk down and that they have been searching for it with no luck.
They say people feeding the animals might be partly to blame.
“Now more people are feeding the animals and the animals are coming in and developing a non-fear if you will of human beings,” said Cloudcroft Mayor David Venable.
People in Cloudcroft like Ramirez and her granddaughter say they love living around the animals and that they wish people would just leave the wildlife alone.
“I think that they should have a law and signs everywhere, prohibiting feeding, discouraging feeding the elks, or you know any wildlife,” said Ramirez.
Some residents have even gone as far as making flyers asking the public not to feed the animals.
Some places like Ruidoso have ordinances against feeding the animals.
The mayor of Cloudcroft hopes it won’t have come to that there.