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Cervus elaphnus nannodes
Tule Elk are a subspecies of elk found only in California. After the arrival of Europeans to North America, Tule Elk were thought to be made extinct. In 1874-1875, a single breeding pair was discovered. Over the years they grew and in the 1970's, they were put under California state's protection. Thanks to breeding restoration efforts, there are now more than 4,000. A silver of their estimated population of 500,000 before Europeans arrival. Surprisingly, because their numbers are so low, there has been no official confirmation on their status.
There is also no official site dedicated to their protection. Because they have no official protection status, the are allowed to be legally hunted. And they are also under the poacher's eye.