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Don’t Shoot Point Reyes Tule Elk!

Don’t Shoot Point Reyes Tule Elk!

The National Park Service (NPS) plans to kill native Tule elk in California's Point Reyes National Seashore, convert park grasslands into crops, and let cattle ranchers expand their businesses to kill sheep, goats, chickens, and pigs. After decades of activism, this is an outrage! Submit your comment to stop the NPS’s diabolical plan. 

When the Seashore was established in 1962, ranchers were permitted to continue their business in park for their lifetime or twenty-five years. Ranching was not even considered a reason for establishing the Seashore. Now the National Park Service plans to shoot up to fifteen elk annually to “compromise” with cattle ranchers who graze their animal victims within the Seashore.

What YOU Can Do

We’ve still got time to stop the National Park Service from shooting Point Reyes Tule elk! Follow the instructions below to submit your letter to the National Park Service no later than Monday, September 23, and then please make sure to tell us you’ve taken action. Please note that comments will ONLY be accepted and counted by NPS via this method involving its web submit form.

Send your comments to the National Park Service.

Step 1: Copy our letter below.

As a member of the California-based international animal protection nonprofit organization In Defense of Animals with over 250,000 supporters, I oppose the National Park Service plan to kill native Tule elk, grow commercial crops, and permit ranchers to add chickens, turkeys, sheep, pigs, and goats to their exploitative operations.

As national park land, this property was specifically set aside to protect, restore, and preserve the natural environment including the wild animals who live there. The original intention was to phase out dairy and cattle ranching, not add more crops or animals to increase ranching profits.

The proposed plan does not address the damage from grazing, including water-quality degradation and soil erosion. Also, adding new crops will create more conflicts with native wild animals.

Please abandon this inhumane and destructive plan. I urge you to restore the Seashore’s Pastoral Zone for wild animal habitat and repurpose historic ranch buildings for scientific research, interpretation, and public education.

Step 2: Go to this National Park Service webpage and click “comment now.” You will be redirected to a form where you can insert our letter.

Step 3: Fill out your personal information, paste our letter directly into the comments section on the form, and click the “submit” button.

Note: If you want to personalize your comments, use this helpful fact sheet comparing the impacts of Tule elk to cattle at Point Reyes drafted by our allies at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Step 4: Please complete our simple form at the right-hand side of this blog to let us know you took action! Thank you.

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