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Virtual Tour of the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve
September 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join Lori Wear for a discussion of the History of the Tule Elk Reserve.
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Meeting ID: 950 4548 0635
Kern County has a long historical association with tule elk and the Tule Elk State Natural Reserve. The tule elk, endemic to California, were nearly eradicated by the 1870s due to competition with herds of Spanish livestock, commercial hunting during the Gold Rush, and loss of habitat due to agriculture.
A small herd of tule elk were found on one of the Miller & Lux ranches near Tupman. Pioneer cattleman Henry. Miller took steps to ensure the survival of the species by providing strict protection of the tule elk still roaming in Kern County. Through his efforts the tule elk were able to survive and reproduce. By 1914, there were approximately 400 tule elk on Henry Miller’s ranch in western Kern County.
In 1932, the Tupman Reserve opened, and the herd of tule elk saved by Henry Miller was transferred to this and other locations, establishing herds throughout California.