Don’t Push the Unique Tule Elk to the Brink of Extinction Again

Target: Charlton Bonham, Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Goal: Prioritize and implement robust conservation measures to protect the tule elk.

The tule elk, once on the brink of extinction, has made a remarkable recovery over the years. These magnificent creatures, unique to California, represent a significant part of the state’s natural heritage. However, recent developments have put their survival at risk.

The tule elk, remarkable and unique creatures, confront a growing crisis driven by habitat loss stemming from urban expansion and agricultural encroachment. As human development steadily encircles their territories, these elk find themselves in peril, susceptible to displacement, diseases, and inbreeding.

The consequences of inaction are stark – the potential extinction of these magnificent animals, a tragedy that would echo throughout the natural world. Urgent intervention is essential to safeguard the tule elk and preserve the vital biodiversity they represent, underscoring the urgent need to harmonize human activities with the delicate balance of nature.

Sign the petition below to demand that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife take immediate and comprehensive action to protect the tule elk. It’s crucial to ensure their habitat is preserved and that measures are in place to mitigate the threats they face.


Dear Director Bonham,

The tule elk, emblematic of California’s unique natural heritage, is facing perilous challenges that threaten their existence. Once nearly extinct, they’ve made a commendable recovery, but their survival is once again under threat.

The encroachment of human activities into their habitats, coupled with habitat degradation, is pushing these majestic creatures to the brink. The consequences of inaction could be irreversible.

We, the undersigned, implore you to take immediate, decisive action to protect the tule elk population. Preserve their habitats, implement strategies to address disease transmission, and ensure they have the space needed to thrive.

California’s natural legacy is at stake. Let’s be remembered as the guardians who secured the tule elk’s future for generations to come.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tom Spaulding

One Comment

  1. These are the elk which were denied water and many starved to death or could not quench their thirst, thus died a horrible death. High fences kept them from roaming their territory, finding food or water and many ended up impaired on the fences. Now that their release is supposedly at hand there is yet another issue? The ranchers wanted them dead so they could graze their cattle free of charge, taking advantage of the grazing land belonging to the elk and the park rangers helped them. Bison are culled, shot to death in ‘Yellowstone. Who is responsible for these travesties? Humans are taking a deadly toll on our animals and wildlife for their own greed.

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