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Wailing Wall for Fallow Deer, Point Reyes Station, CA

Wailing Wall for Fallow Deer, Point Reyes Station, CA

Community Members Express Outrage at National Park Service Program

April 18, 2008

On Friday April 11, a 'Wailing Wall' was created on the historic Grandi building in Point Reyes Station, to protest the National Park Service's program to exterminate the Fallow and Axis Deer herds from the Point Reyes National Seashore. The NPS labels the deer 'non-native' yet they have been naturalized in the area for almost a century. The deer have lived in the Point Reyes and Olema Valley area long before the Point Reyes National Seashore was established, and have been loved by both visitors and residents alike for decades.

Over the last 3 years, thousands of people have expressed their outrage through multiple venues including petitions, newspaper polls, letters to the editor, articles, photo-journals, as well as letters and calls to our elected officials and the National Park Service. Despite the resounding outcry, the NPS has pushed this program through with military-like force.

80% of the people polled by the Marin IJ newspaper voted against this program. The public was told by the NPS that the extermination program would be carried out over the next 15 years and include non-lethal management and opportunities for public discussion along the way. Instead, within the last 6 months, most of the deer have been killed by the NPS and their hired contractor White Buffalo, Inc. Violence and brutality is their method and use of helicopters, radio tracking collars, baiting, nets, high-powered weapons, beating, stabbing and plastic bag suffocation is the means.

Out of an estimated population of 1100 Fallow (a.k.a. 'White') Deer said to be present in the park (an average of 1 deer per 30 acres), 800 to 900 of these have been killed. The entire Axis Deer herd of 250 have already been slaughtered as well. A small herd of Fallow deer are living on the private property of the Vedanta Retreat in Olema. The deer at the retreat are very vulnerable to being killed as the NPS and Anthony DeNicola of White Buffalo, Inc. have had access there to collar and track the deer for their experimental contraception program.

Viewing this 'Wailing Wall' gives one a sense of the abuses that have been inflicted upon the innocent animals as well as upon the people in the greater community through the violence of this program. The wall demonstrates the frustration of the people brought on by not being heard and by the Park Service's unwillingness to alter its ill-conceived program that has been cloaked in secrecy and falsified 'science'. It is clear that the majority voice of the citizens has been against this program and has wanted the lives of these magnificent animals to be protected.

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