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REMOVAL OF NON-NATIVE DEER AND ELK FROM SANTA ROSA ISLAND IN THE CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK (CALIFORNIA)
This island was purchased in 1986 by the
Federal government for $30 million with the intention of including it
as part of Channel Island National Park. Under terms of the sale, the
ranching family that owned the island can operate a hunting lodge
offering deer and elk hunting until 2011, at which time all deer and
elk, as well as the hunting operation itself, must be removed.
The National Park Service, wildlife
advocates, and environmentalists, U.S. Senators Feinstein and Boxer of
California, and Rep. Lois Capps (CA) oppose this proposal. Recently the
21,000 member Paralyzed Veterans of America wrote a letter to Rep.
Hunter indicating that the proposal presented "numerous obstacles
inherent to the island, including ingress and egress, logistics,
personal safety and cost", and requested that Rep. Hunter consider an
alternative, namely relocating the deer and elk to nearby Nicholas
Island, already controlled by the military.
The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs
supports the removal of non-native deer and elk from Santa Rosa Island
in the Channel Island National Park (California) and supports the
out of recreational hunting there. Further, the FWOC opposes the
deliberate retention of any non-native plant or animal species on the
island or other parts of the Channel Islands National Park.
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