Take a moment to write a comment supporting the continued existence of the tule elk, a subspecies of elk that was decimated nearly to extinction. (Californians need to call too. Script below.)
A small protected population survives in California, and now livestock interests are pressing the National Park Service to kill them or severely restrict their movements (which has previously led to starvation) so that the relatively small amount of public land allotted to this native species can instead be used to graze their cattle. Speak up so that they can survive and remain free-roaming.
Write! It’s easy! Use this link to make your public comment by NOV, 15TH.
Sample Letter (Please use as a BASE, put in your own voice)
(For more background, go here: Center of Biological Diversity )
I am writing in support of the free-roaming tule elk herds at Point Reyes National Seashore, and I object to any fencing, removal, sterilization or killing of elk in the park. Tule elk are an important part of the landscape of Point Reyes, and their recovery has been an exciting success story for restoring native species and ecosystems, consistent with the mission of the National Park Service.
Commercial lease holders on our public lands shouldn’t dictate wildlife removal or exclusion policies. Any cattle-ranching operations must be managed to accommodate elk and other native wildlife, and shouldn’t harm habitat for endangered species.
I also urge you to reject any conversion of national park lands to row crops or expansion of commercial livestock farming to introduce sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens or pigs. This would create conflicts with predators and degrade wildlife habitat and water quality.
The Park Service’s amendment to the General Management Plan should prioritize protecting the natural values of Point Reyes National Seashore.
Californians! You need to call too!
If you live in California, ALSO contact your state representative and your U.S. House representative to voice your concerns.
Minimal Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to ask [___] to require that the National Park Service protect the tule elk along with the natural ecosystems of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Rep Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Hannah-Beth Jackson (SD-19): SAC (916) 651-4019, SB (805) 965-0862, OX (805)988-1940
Other State Reps: http://www.phoneyourrep.com