Tule Elk in the Capay Valley

This beautiful photo is from a group of tule elk that live in the Capay Valley and are under study by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. DFW is monitoring the elk population’s size, movements and demography, and they use melons from Full Belly to feed and briefly trap the elk so that they can collar them.  The Cache Creek herd is the oldest free ranging tule elk herd in California and was established in 1922 with 21 elk from Monterey County.