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Park Service Delivers Water to Tomales Point: Morning Cup of Cow Shit
This episode walks you through everything wrong and contradictory with the park service's recent actions even when they seem to finally do something good.
1. The park service has argued against elk advocates that the elk don't need water, but are instead dying from a lack of quality forage / malnutrition. So if their goal is to help the elk why would they bring water, which they claim the elk ARE NOT lacking, rather than forage that they claim the elk ARE lacking? It's not that I don't want water there, but the park is contradicting itself. Do they really want to help the elk or is this nothing more than a gesture to try and get pressure off of them?
2. In the past, when the park service was pressured heavily to help the elk, the park service would claim they are looking into bringing in water (but never did). When they were pressured further they changed their excuse to stating the elk management plan prevents them from interfering with the elk die-offs. If the management plan truly bound their hands how is it that their hands aren't bound now?
3. The park service continues to lie and get away with it. For the third time the exact same map has been presented to the public as a supposedly "updated water map" based on recent monitoring of the water sources. Please tell me how a map that wasn't updated is also considered "updated". Please also tell me how each and every water source on the map is exactly the same as it was each time before.
4. It's disturbing to me that tourists hike out to Tomales Point, see the disgusting and almost dry pond at the very northern end and conclude this means the elk have water. You're simply not thinking this through, at least not from the perspective of a wild animal. They have home ranges for one. Tomales Point is fairly large, a disgusting mud puddle at one end isn't sufficient for every animal out there and even if it was sufficient is NOT USED by every animal out there. How do people conclude after 254 elk die followed by another 152 elk dying that there wasn't a problem just because they saw a pond on their one time trip to the park?
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