Tule Elk Dying of Thirst: Outrage at National Park
A Meat and Dairy Industries Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM JaneUnchained.com
September 2020

Point Reyes has a long history of ranching and, unfortunately, government bureaucrats put the interests of animal agriculture over the native Tule elk.

Also see In Defense of Animals Action Alert, October 1...

Tule Elk

Organizations calling on the National Park Service NPS to remove the fencing trapping the elk include: In Defense of Animals, ForELK, Rancho Compasión, Western Watersheds Project, Resource Renewal Institute, The TreeSpirit Project, The Center for Biological Diversity, and Save Point Reyes National Seashore.


Point Reyes has a long history of ranching and, unfortunately, government bureaucrats put the interests of animal agriculture over the native Tule elk. More than 5,000 cows live in the protected land of Point Reyes National Seashore while less than 500 Tule elk live there. Activists say that the NPS refuses to give the elk water because they are acting at the behest of ranching interests that want the elk gone. It’s a battle over grazing land. The activists and experts in the Jane Unchained News Facebook Live tell Jane that NPS wants the elk dead to help the ranchers.

An eight-foot fence contains the elk to Tomales Point leaving them unable to roam free and at risk of dying from thirst as ponds dry up in the area.

dried up pond


Contact Information for the Superintendent and Pacific Regional Director:
Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS)
Acting Superintendent Carey Feierabend
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94
[email protected] 
415 464-5102

National Park Service (NPS)
Pacific Regional Director, Woody Smeck
333 Bush St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104-2828
[email protected]
cc: [email protected] 

Other Contacts:

In Defense of Animals, Lisa Levinson, [email protected] -  215-620-2130
ForELK, Diana Oppenheim, [email protected] - 248-840-5684,
Rancho Compasión, Dawn Rogers, [email protected] - 510-990-6443
TreeSpirit Project, Jack Gescheidt, [email protected] - 415-488-4200

Jack Gescheidt

Activists, including Jack Gescheidt, took it into their own hands and decided to take water to Tule Elk, but they were condemned by the NPS.

From IDA In Defense of Animals October 1:

Please contact these officials who can use their influence to oppose Alternative B and support Alternative F on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Point Reyes National Seashore.

You can say, "I oppose expanded ranching and shooting Tule elk at Point Reyes National Seashore, recommended in Alternative B of the Environmental Impact Statement. Can you stop this travesty? Please urge further inquiry, such as water quality tests and a supplemental environmental impact report on drought and wildfires, before National Park Service Regional Director Woody Smeck signs this disastrous plan."

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, (916) 445-2841

California Congressman, Adam Schiff, (818) 450-2900

California Congressman, Jared Huffman, (202) 225-5161

United States Senator, Kamala Harris, (202) 224-3553

United States Senator, Dianne Feinstein, (415) 393-0707

California Secretary for Natural Resources, Wade Crowfoot, (916) 653-5656

Kamala Harris' California State Director, Heather Hutt, (310) 231-4494

California Coastal Commission, Executive Director, John Ainsworth, (415) 904-5202

California State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Public Affairs, Director, George Kostyrko, (916) 341-7365

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elk and Pronghorn Division, Kristin Denryter, (916) 801-0649

Point Reyes National Seashore, Acting Superintendent Carey Feierabend, (415) 464-5102

National Park Service, Office of Pacific Regional Director, Woody Smeck, (415) 623-2100, then press 1, 0

National Park Service, Wildlife Ecologist, Dave Press, (415) 858-9667

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Chief Scientist, Craig McLean, (301) 713-2458

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor, Dr. Francisco Werner, (301) 427-8000

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Advisory Board, Dr. Lydia Olander, (919) 613-8713

United States Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, (202) 208-3100

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