The National Park Service has announced plans for the final removal of deer, and elk from Santa Rosa Island, as part of continuing efforts to remove non-native animals from the Channel Islands.
The former island owners will manage the last deer, and elk hunt on the island from August 28th to October 11th. Over the years, the hunts have helped reduce the population. Public access to the island will be limted during the hunt period.
Then, following the last hunt, the entire island will be closed to the public from October 11th, to October 31st, while the remaining deer and elk are removed. And from November 1st through the end of the year the island will be open to the public on weekends only, with no camping. Park officials say they want to insure visitor safety during the deer, and elk removal.