Ranch Owner Demands Killing Elk

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Ranch Owners | Posted on 20-04-2015

In the 19th century, tule elk were once on the verge of extinction in their native California along the coastlines where the species used to roam in large numbers. The National Park Service then went to great lengths to bring them back.

Yet, last week, the NPS confirmed that their most recent census from 2012 to 2014 has revealed the deaths of approximately 250 elk that reside in the Point Reyes National Seashore fenced-in preserve.

The elk that died could have had access to water if they weren’t cut off by fencing. The reason the preserve exists is because dairy farmers insist that the free-roaming elk compete too much with their cattle for food and water and they kill free-roaming elk on the peninsula whenever the opportunity presents itself from Facebook.com.

The National Park Service does allow commercial cattle owners to lease land on the peninsula with prioritized commercial grazing permits. As a result, cattle owners feel they are justified in reducing the herds that are not entirely fenced in and, in fact, are demanding that the NPS fence in all of the tule elk that consists of only approximately 300 to 500 animals at any given time.