ELK NEED YOUR HELP: Del Norte Elk Face New Disease and Increased Hunting

Supporters of North Coast elk, we need your help! On June 25, the Fish and Game Commission is set to hear a report from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife concerning a new disease threatening our North Coast Roosevelt elk. We need people like you to demand that the Fish and Game Commission support a petition filed by EPIC to place a moratorium on hunting until more is known about the disease. Please help by attending the virtual meeting on June 25 to speak for our elk! Instructions on how to participate are available from the Fish and Game Commission.

In early April 2020, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) discovered two cases of Treponeme-associated hoof disease (TAHD), a bacterial-associated syndrome causing severe lameness in elk. The consequences of the disease are severe: reduced fitness predisposes infected elk to a decreased probability of survival from wasting (chronic nutritional deficiency), predation, extreme weather, and other causes of death. In one infected herd in Washington, the disease, together with other threats like hunting, reduced the population of a herd by 35%. There is no cure for the disease. Our only chance is to slow or stop the spread of the disease and mitigate the effects in already infected herds.

Despite this novel threat, the California Fish