An elk activist came upon this mature bull (male) Tule elk, on the ground, at dusk, inside the Reserve. For reasons unknown, the elk was unable to get up, and the activist, powerless to help, was unable to hold back tears.
He recorded the scene knowing it could help save the lives of other elk. It's a visceral example of how one elk can die, silently, in his park prison. Hundreds have died like this, only to become a single statistic.
If the Reserve's 8-foot-tall fence was dismantled, the elk could roam outside their 2,600-acre compound to find year-round food and water. naturally, over all 71,000-acres of this National Seashore. Their numbers would likely increase, also naturally, with ecosystem benefits. (Unlike parks cows who are forced into being an extractive commodity product.)
National parks were created for their wild animals to freely move, mate and multiply. But the Tule elk at Point Reyes are penned in; their movements are restricted, and for reason only: the cattle industry has successfully lobbied ($$$$) Washington politicians to keep it this way.
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