Man-made watering holes, naturally occuring ponds, seeps, creeks, and numerous troughs could be seen throughout the ranch lands as we drove away from the fenced elk slowly dying of thirst.
Overhearing the conversation between a park service representative and ABC 7's Dan Noyes I learned that the merciful water troughs brought in by activists were removed by the park under the excuse of fear that the troughs could be poisoned. And yet there's no concern over the cattle troughs being poisoned, many of which are easily accessible from the road, such as the one pictured here. Let me say it another way; troughs, hidden in the terrain of the elk reserve, are supposedly a target for an imaginary group of people who might be motivated enough to drive all the way to the seashore, hike into the reserve, find the troughs, then poison the water.
The only humans interested in hurting these elk are the ranchers and sadly the park staff themselves (it is the park service who CHOSE the management plan that included culling elk.)
Be aware, in the media the park service is using these foolish excuses to distract the public from the bottom line that they are adamant about not helping the elk.
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