BOULDER - A newly released report suggests the two former Boulder officers charged with shooting a neighborhood elk joked about shooting the animal with fellow officers weeks before the Jan. 1 incident.

The Boulder police report summarizes an internal investigation on Sam Carter and Brent Curnow's actions and determines no disciplinary action was appropriate for any other officer who may have heard the two joking or talking about killing the elk.

Both men were charged with forgery, attempting to influence a public official, and two counts of tampering with physical evidence.

They were also are charged with first-degree official misconduct, illegal possession of a trophy elk, conspiracy to commit illegal possession of wildlife, unlawfully taking big game out of season, and unlawful use of an electronic communication device to unlawfully take wildlife.

This incident outraged many people in Boulder. The internal police report said Chief Mark Beckner received in excess of 15,000 emails from Boulder community members and from people across the country.

Both officers resigned prior to the completion of the investigation and prior to any disciplinary action being imposed.