Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore
in Danger of Being Killed
Attend Meeting on May 1 to Speak Up for Tule Elk
The cards are once again stacked against the Tomales Point population of tule elk at Point Reyes. This is the herd of elk who have been under a longstanding threat of being killed by bow hunting or another type of mass killing, which IDA helped to prevent last time around.
Now, the Marin Rancher Association has complained about the elk, who are native to California, blaming them for causing an "extraordinary hardship" on ranchers and threatening their continued existence. They are asking for 'elk management,' which almost always translates to killing.
Don't let Marin's Ranchers Decide the Fate of Tule Elk at Point Reyes
So far, only members from the agricultural community have discussed and expressed their disdain for the tule elk at Tomales Point. They blame the elk for taking public resources (grassland) they exploit for cattle ranching.
The West Marin Chamber of Commerce and the NPS have been listening to ranchers, and they are holding a public forum to discuss the "elk dilemma." Now, let them hear from us, too!
Please attend the public meeting to discuss the future of the Point Reyes tule elk:
What: Speak up for tule elk
When: Thursday, May 1st at 7 p.m.
Where: Dance Palace Community Center, 503 B St, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Invited Speakers: Assemblyman Marc Levine, Park Superintendent Cecily Muldoon and recent 'Seriously Now' guest, Laura Watt, Point Reyes Seashore historian, and possibly at least two members of the agricultural community.
The tule elk are a deer subspecies who are native to California. They were nearly extirpated in Southern California in the late-1900s (1850). Ten elk (8 females and 2 males) were reintroduced to the coastal area of Tomales Point in the Point Reyes National Seashore. By 1998, their population had increased to 549 elk and the National Park Service (NPS) was considering their usual traditional "management" methods such as mass killing or bow hunting of these animals. Animal rights activists, including IDA supporters, were outraged and as a result of public pressure the NPS contracted with the University of Davis to conduct an immunocontraception (porcine zona pellucida – PZP) project, which was very successful while it lasted (1998-2000) but was eventually ended by the NPS for dubious reasons.