Movers and Shakers
By Daniel Mollet, Bugle Intern
In July and September 2007, 12 Elk Foundation volunteers from California’s Corona/Orange County, San Fernando Valley, Bakersfield and Fresno chapters worked with the state’s Department of Fish and Game (DFG) to capture more than 30 tule elk from the historic Tule Elk State Reserve enclosure in Buttonwillow, California, and relocate them to the Chimineas Ranch in Northern California. The California DFG owns and manages the Chimineas Ranch, which covers 31,000 acres between the Carrizo Plain National Monument and Los Padre National Forest. The elk were tagged for research and monitoring before being released onto the ranch. In January 2008, more volunteers and the California DFG captured and tagged more elk on the Chimineas property so biologists can monitor movements and habitat use of this herd. Much of this project was funded by 2007 RMEF PAC grants.