Tule Elk are the smallest of all elk in North America. They can be found only in California, ranging from the grasslands and marshlands of the Central Valley to the grassy hills on the coast. It is estimated that there were 500,000 elk roaming the region when the first Europeans arrived. By 1895, due to over hunting and habitat loss, only 28 could be found. As a result of this great loss, the state of California awarded them complete protection.
Conservation measures were taken to protect the species in the 1970s. In the Spring of 1978, two bulls and eight cows were brought to Point Reyes from the San Luis Island Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos. In 2009, over 440 were counted at Tomales Point, making the Point Reyes herds one of the largest populations in California. Today the wild population exceeds 4,000.
Music by: Löhstana David
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