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Weekly Update from the Field March 11, 2004
* Bull Buffalo Shot, 7 Captured and Slaughtered
Acton Items:
* Help us Pass the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act
--National Call in Week for the Buffalo, March 15-18
* BFC in Washington DC--Save the Date--Save the Herd--Spread the Word!
* Oppose the Buffalo Hunt--8 Days Left
* Write a Letter to the Editor
* Contact Presidential-Hopeful John Kerry about the Buffalo
* Support BFC -- Buy a Beautiful CD

* Bull Buffalo Shot, 7 Captured and Slaughtered
Buffalo Supporters,
Yellowstone National Park continues to be a death zone to the last wild American buffalo. On Monday, March 8, the National Park Service shot a bull buffalo inside the park near the north entrance and captured seven other bulls in the Stephens Creek trap, where 307 buffalo have been captured since the last week of February. All seven of the captured bulls were sent to slaughter without being tested for brucellosis, the supposed reason for the killing. Bull buffalo are incapable of transmitting brucellosis and there has never been a documented case of wild buffalo transmitting the bacteria to livestock.

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Park Service, an agency who once offered the buffalo protection, is doing the bidding of Montana's powerful livestock industry. In the past three weeks, Park officials have invited the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) into Yellowstone on at least five separate occasions to load up 145 native buffalo and truck them to slaughterhouses in Montana. At the same time, Yellowstone's northern range is beginning to resemble a ranch, with 154 buffalo being fenced in confinement and 79 calves and yearlings receiving ear tags and injections of RB51, an ineffective vaccine designed for domestic livestock.

The Yellowstone herd is a national treasure, for it is the only herd in America to continuously occupy its native range. These buffalo are a living link to the great herds of millions who once thundered across the plains. They are behaviorally and genetically unique, being the last truly wild buffalo. Yet the very wildness that sets them apart is being eroded with each passing day.
On the Park's western boundary, near West Yellowstone, the DOL continues to waste tax dollars on buffalo harassment. On Tuesday afternoon agents descended on Cougar Creek, where an old buffalo bull has been peacefully grazing by the side of Highway 191 since November. The agents chased the bull back to the park with their snowmobiles.

BFC volunteers have been very busy this winter and we won't have a break anytime soon. Some of us are heading to Washington, DC next week to help educate lawmakers about the current slaughter and to gain support for H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. Please read for specific ways you can help us in our efforts to gain protection for the Yellowstone buffalo.
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* Help us Pass the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act
--National Call in Week for the Buffalo, March 15-18
Thanks to your efforts, we continue to gain cosponsors for H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. This week, we are pleased to report that 69 House Representatives have signed on to this critical legislation. 

We will be meeting with dozens of U.S. Representatives next week and hosting a Buffalo Summit on Capitol Hill. We need your help in making these efforts as effective as possible. Please call your representative next week and urge them to support the bill.

Check http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/politico/3446.html for talking points and to see if your Representative has signed on. If they haven't, give them a call and strongly urge them to do so. If they have, please thank them and encourage them to speak with their colleagues. You can contact your Representative by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 800-839-5276, and asking to be transferred to his/her office. Or, you can use http://www.house.gov/writerep to look up your Representative and send them an email.

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* BFC in Washington DC--Save the Date--Save the Herd--Spread the Word!
The Buffalo Field Campaign is travelling to Washington, DC the week of March 15th, and will join other organizations for a busy week of meetings with members of Congress, urging their support for H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. On Thursday, March 18th, BFC field volunteers will give a presentation at the Georgetown Patagonia store. We will show video footage from the field, talk about the plight of Yellowstone's buffalo, and legislation currently before Congress. The event begins at 7:00 pm, and will be held at 1048 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD! We want a large turnout, and need help putting posters up around town. If you can help, please visit http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/politico/flyers-east.html to print out a choice of three fliers. Just fill in the When and Where information and post them everywhere! Bring your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone you know who cares about buffalo. This will be an unforgettable and inspiring event that you won't want to miss. See you in DC on March 18th!
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* Oppose the Buffalo Hunt
-- Send in your comments today to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP), and oppose the state's proposed buffalo hunt. This so-called "fair chase" hunt is not only unethical, it's not even supported by hunting organizations. Just another tool to eradicate buffalo from Montana, it is all too clear that the MT Department of Livestock (DOL) - the agency that would authorize and manage the killing - wants to use this proposal to shift some of the focus and blame away from their involvement in buffalo slaughter. Speak out today for the buffalo and let FWP know you strongly oppose this hunt! Go to www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/press04/huntcomments.
for talking points and contact information. Send your comments in before March 12!
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* Write a Letter to the Editor
-- If you've already taken action on the two issues mentioned above - and even if you haven't - please write a letter to the editor of local, national, or Montana papers. The editorial page is the most widely-read section of the paper - and that includes decision-makers - so it's a terrific way to get the word out, and demonstrate strong public support for ending the buffalo slaughter. For a list of national and state papers to target, please visit

http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/politico04/030304%20write%20LTE.html  If your letter is printed, please send us a copy! Send your letter via email to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org or bu mail to BFC-LTE, P.O. Box 957, W. Yellowstone, 59758. Many thanks for your continued efforts on behalf of the buffalo.
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* Support BFC -- Buy a Beautiful CD
Greetings Friends,
First - during these difficult times when our four-legged family is being treated with such disrespect by public agencies - it is a true blessing to know that there are so many fine folks out there with huge hearts advocating for them. From the comments generated on the upcoming proposed hunt to the special prayers and the calls to reps in Washington D.C. - together we are truly making a difference. Thanks for your support and efforts on behalf of the buffalo! The cost of feeding and housing volunteers, equipping our patrols, and working to change management policies are very high and we need your financial support. Some of our fine supporters at Cedar Tree Music have opened their hearts to help us generate some much-needed funds. Thanks for sharing the following details with your friends and enjoy this magical music.
Thanks for all of you who have been as generous as our volunteers are tenacious!
*** Independent recording artist Kristine Robin has committed to donate 30% of direct sales from her new CD, "Everchanging Tides," to the Buffalo Field Campaign!
"These beautiful bison deserve our respect, and those working to protect them 24/7 need our support."
- Kristine Robin

"Everchanging Tides is a beautiful CD, and Kristine blends a history rich with Celtic and Appalachian childhood experiences with decades of traditional Native American influences. She has generously chosen to use the sales of her CD to help causes and individuals that demonstrate a dedication to compassion, the environment, social justice, and community. You can hear Kristine's songs and benefit the Yellowstone buffalo through a CD purchase by visiting her website, www.kristinerobin.com. You can also order CDs by calling 1-800-399-2102 (or 707-472-0908). Just mention "BFC" when ordering. Sales must be through either Kristine's website or phone numbers to be eligible for the donation (not from Amazon or other sources.)
"I can see the faerie in Kristine. How magical. Reminds me of Rivendell of Lord of the Rings."
- Margaret Ryan, BC, Canada

"I was listening to Kristine's CD in my car while parked at a beautiful vista, and just started to cry it was so powerful."
- Katherine Karr, California

Thank you for your support!
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