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Elephant seals are known to be the dominant animal on Drakes Beach in the Point Reyes National Monument, so much so that park officials take drastic measures to control their populations.
Now, park officials are ramping up their tactics to control the elephant seals by reintroducing grizzly bears to the area:
In an effort to help control the expanding elephant seal population at Drakes Beach, park officials will start a grizzly bear re-introduction program today. Grizzly bears were once a natural predator of seals. Photo by April Fooly/NPS. (sc/ak) pic.twitter.com/RNJinkj9kz— Point Reyes NPS (@PointReyesNPS) April 1, 2019
Grizzly bears were once native to Northern California and a natural predator to elephant seals. And today, they roam the beaches with impunity, helping to keep the sometimes troublesome elephant seals at bay.