Elk Management

Chis-chu (Elk) Management-

 Tolowa Dee-ni' have relied on chis-chu as a cultural resource since time immemorial. Chis-chu provide us with sustenance and utilitarian materials that are used for our tools and ceremony. On June 14, 2018 the Nation adopted protocols in the Harvest Title that provide for sound management of fish, wildlife and plants that are based on traditional law passed down orally over countless generations. In addition, our program works cooperatively with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to achieve co-management responsibilities, through a Memorandum of Understanding (2018) relative to the tagging and monitoring of the local chis-chu populations. Staff conducts regular and opportunistic observations of cis-chu including population counts, health/disease surveillance and collection of samples for Treponema Associated Hoof Disease. The Nation uses this information to inform management decisions for chis-chu including harvesting and habitat restoration. Staff is responsible for the collection, processing and distribution of cis-chu on behalf of the Nation.