NPS Signs Off On Tule Elk Eradication In Marin County
National Park Service adopts controversial plan to continue 20-year leases for cattle ranchers, and killing of native tule elk at park https://t.co/qA4V9LZkxz Via @Will_S_Houston
— Paul Rogers (@PaulRogersSJMN) September 15, 2021
Here’s more from the Marin Independent-Journal:
These changes include new mandates for ranchers to make specific plans and investments to protect wildlife, water quality and the environment; reducing the number of tule elk that park staff would be allowed to kill; and limiting the ability for ranchers to diversify their livestock.
Ranch leases would still increase from five-year terms to up to 20 years as originally proposed.
Park staff would also still be allowed to shoot elk in one of the park’s free-roaming herds to keep the population at a maximum of 140 elk. Park staff originally proposed limiting the herd to 120 elk.