a typical hazing operation, the MDOL and collaborating agencies
ride noisy, smelly snowmobiles, fly helicopters, run horses,
and ride ATVs throughout sensitive habitat important to
numerous wildlife species. Hazing operations are incredibly
disruptive to many bird species such as Trumpeter swans,
snow geese and bald eagles.
The open water area along the Madison River is home to thousands
of waterfowl during the winter. It is the only open water
in the region. The Audubon Bird Count 2004 for wintering
Trumpeter Swans in the Madison River area is 425. Flying
the helicopter throught this sensitive area sends all waterfowl
As the DOL cowboys move in on the buffalo, to chase them
back into the park or capture facilities, creatures of the
wild flee in fear, using up energy they can’t afford
to spend during the winter. The damage caused to riparian
areas while the DOL rounds up our buffalo is additionally
shocking and inexcusable.
of hazing operations disturbing Elk,
Trumper Swans, Moose, and other wildlife.