Tule Elk at Point Reyes National Seashore.
Katie Booth / National Park Service

September 01, 2020LA Times exclusive: Conservationists fear another elk die-off due to fence, drought

Animal Law & Policy Clinic presses National Park Service to tear down elk barrier and ensure a water supply for Point Reyes elk amid ongoing drought.

In response to reports of tule elk dying amid an ongoing drought, the Center for Biological Diversity and Harvard Animal Law & Policy Clinic today demanded that the National Park Service remove a fence from Tomales Point in northern Point Reyes National Seashore that confines elk on a peninsula with inadequate water.

Animal Law & Policy Clinic Director Katherine Meyer is quoted in a Los Angeles Times exclusive. “Unlike the privately owned cattle that have unrestrained access to water sources in this area, the elk are protected by federal law that requires the Park Service to ‘conserve’ them for the public and future generations,” she said. “They should not be denied access to the water they need to survive.”

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