Bay Area Ranchers ask for help with hungry elk

The elk in Point Reyes are hungry. And it’s a problem.

Organic dairy ranchers are urging authorities to remove tule elk from agricultural land in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Point Reyes seashore and build a large fence to keep them out, as a conflict pitting organic farmers and native wildlife conservation supporters against one another intensifies because of the drought.

Organic farmers vs. wildlife activists — which side are you on?

AP reports, "Ranchers who lease the sweeping hillside pastures from the National Park Service say their cows are competing with the elk for vegetation, which has become scarce after three years of drought. They say the animals have knocked down fences and often gobble up the rye grasses that cows rely upon.”

Can’t we all just get along? Apparently it’s easier said than done. 

"There is plenty of room for elk, but not on the pastoral land," Stacy Carlsen, the Marin County agricultural commissioner, told the AP. "Elk and livestock are just not compatible. The ranchers don't want elk to compete with livestock on their property."


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