In ongoing fight at Point Reyes NS, tule elk advocates make case in court
A federal judge heard arguments by elk advocates and park service lawyers last week in advance of what could be a final ruling in one of two pending lawsuits against the Point Reyes National Seashore. It was a chance for attorneys from the Harvard Animal Law and Policy Clinic to argue their case that the park’s policies are killing the fenced elk herd at Tamales Point, even as the park has announced it will update its strategies.
Judge Haywood Gilliam said he will issue his ruling “as soon as I can,” but attorneys said that could mean several months. When it does come, the decision will hinge on questions of legal standing: How much discretion does the park have? Does the public have a “procedural right” to participate in planning park policies?