Wildlife officials have relocated some rare tule elk from Northern California to San Luis Obispo County as part of efforts to insure the once nearly extinct species continues to thrive.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service used helicopters, and net guns to catch, and move 36 of the elk last weekend. Some of the elk captured near Los Banos were relocated to the Carizzo Plains Ecological Reserve in San Luis Obispo County, with others going to preserves in Kern, and Santa Clara Counties.
The population of the elk across the state has increased from about 500 in the 1970′s, to around 4200 now thanks to conservation efforts.