Advocates protest after more than 100 tule elk die in Point Reyes

This comes after the National Park Service announced 152 rare tule elk, in a fenced preserve, died in 2020 because of overpopulation and drought conditions.

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- Today dozens of people gathered at Point Reyes National Seashore, to protest after the death of hundreds of rare Tule Elk. Last week, the National Park Service announced 152 elk, in a fenced preserve, died in 2020 because of overpopulation and drought conditions. The drought has reduced the amount of water in the area, leading to limited access and malnutrition.

MELANIE GUNN: So this population, of which has been here since 1978, for the last 25 years has been going up and down, and up and down.

- Protesters blame the Park Service saying they mismanaged the situation and blocked their attempts to help. They're demanding that the fence be removed. This Elk heard is considered the largest remaining population of their species in the world. Between 2012 and 2015, more than 250 elk died from similar drought conditions.