Go to Pierce Point Road in Pt. Reyes National Seashore. Park and hike out toward Tomales Point. There are elk herds along the way.
Tule elk were once thought to be extinct in California. When the Europeans arrived in 1776, an estimated 500,000 tule elk lived in the state. By 1870 they were thought to be all killed out. In 1874, a single breeding pair was discovered in the tule marshes of Buena Vista Lake in the southern San Joaquin Valley.One hundred years later, conservation measures were taken to protect the species. Today, the wild population exceeds 4,000, but farmers still battle the state and federal governments about allowing the elk to inhabit lands near cattle. This tule elk is part of a herd in Point Reyes National Seashore.
A tule elk bull relaxes in the browse, while observing the photographer.