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Cattle or elk? Or both? Latest phase in Point Reyes NS management saga underway with public comment

In what is sure to be one of the thorniest issues the National Park Service has addressed in recent years, work is getting underway to determine the future of cattle ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. At stake are not only the native Tule elk that roam the landscape but the generations-old livelihood of ranching families, as well as the health of native vegetation at the national seashore that could be impacted.

Up for consideration in the seashore's General Management Plan amendment are options ranging from continued ranching unchanged to removing cattle from the seashore.

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