By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

DENVER (AP) - Wildlife officials say about 20 elk died when they fell through the ice on a reservoir near Pagosa Springs in southwestern Colorado.

Matt Robbins, a spokesman for Colorado Parks & Wildlife, tells The Denver Post ( ) the herd probably fell through the ice on Echo Lake Canyon Reservoir on Sunday night.

Bull elk can weigh as much as 1,000 pounds, and the combined weight of the herd splintered and compromised the ice about 50 feet from the shore. Wildlife officials removed the carcasses from the water of the 118-acre reservoir, a popular fishing spot about five miles south of Pagosa Springs.

A similar incident happened at Paonia Reservoir in 2008.


Information from: The Denver Post,

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