Managing the Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Sep 29, 2015

Protected Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore are mostly thriving, but they're also getting into areas where they are not wanted.
Credit John Wall

The conflict between wilderness and commercial uses of land within the Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up again—this time the focal point is competition for food between cattle and a protected species of elk.

The areas where the three herds of Tule Elk roam at Point Reyes National Seashore are shown in this map of the region.
Credit Bay Nature

  The roots of the current conflict between elk and cattle reach all the way back to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore, reports Bay Nature writer Alison Hawkes. But finding a balance between the two has become increasingly difficult for the park's managers. 

Follow this link to read Alison Hawkes' Bay Nature story, On the Fence: How the recovery of the nearly extinct Tule Elk has become a dilemma for the park service, ranchers, and environmentalists at Point Reyes.