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People are sneaking water into the elk in Point Reyes during the fire.

"At 6 p.m., as his shift came to a close and he drove away, the small bucket-brigade crept in (to the Point Reyes National Seashore). They were transporting roughly 200 gallons of water to the park’s tule elk, who they say are dying from dehydration — and unable to reach other water sources because of a fence around their preserve — as drought conditions worsen in the region."

A statement from the park: "While we sympathize with their concerns, the safety of firefighters, fire personnel and local residents during the Woodland wildland fire is the park's number one priority. Taking action without permits and permissions from the NPS and while the park is entirely closed to all public access due to the Woodward Fire is unlawful. The park has communicated with concerned citizens that our monitoring indicates adequate water is available. We have park staff, who are authorized to be in this otherwise closed area, monitoring water availability for the elk at Tomales Point today."

Photo of elk rutting taken by Carlos Porrata taken just before the Woodward Fire. Carlos and Tom Killion have a show at Toby's in Point Reyes Station through September.

LA TIMES LINK:
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-01/fire-point-reyes-tule-elk-water-activists

NPS FAQ:
https://www.nps.gov/pore/learn/nature/tule_elk_tomales_point_faq.htm
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