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Carrizo Plain National Monument's Tule Elk Increase

Recent information from the California Department of Fish and Game show a continuing increase in the number of tule elk using the Carrizo Plain National Monument (CCNM) administered by BLM in partnership with CDFG and The Nature Conservancy.  According to the latest data provided to BLM, CDFG has counted 237 elk, up from 200 counted in 2000.  In addition, CDFG's Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on elk show significant use of the valley floor for the first time since the elk were reestablished in the area starting in 1983.

The partners have also worked together to reintroduce pronghorn antelope, which disappeared from the Plain by 1912.  The latest count found 85 pronghorn, a number which is up from the mid-50s recorded in 2003, but seems to have "leveled off" this year according to CDFG.  The pronghorn increase is due to a favorable upsurge in fawns, which reached a peak of 24 in 2006.

The Carrizo Plain is one of the only areas in the State where Californians can see pronghorn antelope and tule elk together in their native range.

Below: a herd of tule elk on the Carrizo Plain National Monument
A herd of tule elk cross the Carrizo Plain in February 2007

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Tule elk (Cervus elaphus nannodes) in the BLM California wildlife database

BLM California News.bytes, issue 279