Killing Native Predators in Bay Area Parks? Really?

In a surprising move, right next to Silicon Valley, in the heart of the progressive Bay Area, the Midpeninsula Open Space District proposed to kill native mountain lions and coyotes in order to further subsidize cattle grazing on these park lands.

November 22, 2019 - UPDATE - Midpeninsula Open Space District Cancels Plan to Kill Mountain Lions and Coyotes Amidst Popular Outcry

Our grassroots network sent in letters and comments, and we hammered the open space district for attempting to lethally remove native predators in park lands, in order to favor for-profit cattle producers. See the story in the San Jose Mercury News

Stay tuned. We will be investigating the Midpensinsula Open Space District more, as they propose to lower grazing fees on park lands to subsidize cattle, and configure anti-predator measures for cattle to deter predators. We will post photos of field trips in the coming months.

But we thank them for dropping this bad proposal!

November 17, 2019 - Killing Native Mountain Lions and Coyotes for Cattle in the Bay Area?

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space is proposing just this, in a draft of its Grazing Management Plan. The local Bay Area park district uses domestic cattle to graze portions of its parks, but in a suprising move is proposing to allow the killing of native wildlife in the parks. We strongly oppose this. Will Point Reyes national Seashore follow suit? See more on this special page. 

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We oppose any killing of native wildlife in park lands open to the public. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District should instead look at removing domestic livestock grazing from its park lands, and consider increasing its prescribed burning management which is already in place to manage grasslands.

The killing of native predators such as mountain lions and coyotes creates a terrible precedent for other park areas. Will the National Park Service follow this proposal and consider shooting native predators at Point Reyes National Seashore?

The National Park Service is already proposing to "lethally remove" native tule elk in this national park, in order to increase domestic cattle grazing.

These proposals in our park lands are not acceptable

We will be commenting on this bad proposal during this scoping period, which is leading up to an environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), in 2020. Check back here for updates.

Cattle are everywhere in California on private lands. We find this unacceptable to promote more cattle on park lands that were meant for public enjoyment and conservation values

Cougar profile, pencil and watercolor on paper. By Laura Cunningham. Will these noble native wildlife species be shot on California park lands?

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