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Weekly Update from the Field July 1, 2004
* BFC Launches New Web Site
* The Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone National Park

* BFC Launches New Web Site
BFC is pleased to unveil our brand-new website, www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

We have gathered the most comprehensive collection of up-to-date information on the Yellowstone buffalo, America's only continuously wild herd.

The new site has even more tools to help you keep informed about the plight of the Yellowstone buffalo and take action to stop the slaughter. You can scroll through our archives of Updates from the Field; read action items, press releases, and news stories; watch our exclusive video footage; browse our photo gallery; contact key decision makers; get background information on the buffalo; and find other ways to support the buffalo and the work of the Buffalo Field Campaign, all on one easy to navigate site.

Beautifully laid-out and carefully organized, buffalofieldcampaign.org contains a wealth of information on the buffalo and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

For example, you will find:
Information on the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act (HR 3446) and whether your House Representative supports this crucial legislation:

The entire Congressional debate on the Hincey-Bass amendment to "prohibit the use of funds to kill bison, or assist in the killing of bison in the Yellowstone National Park herd." Find out how your representative voted:

Videos and photos shot by BFC volunteers of buffalo in the wild and under the duress of capture and slaughter. From beautiful clips of free-roaming buffalo to gut-wrenching footage of buffalo being trapped and experimented on inside Yellowstone National Park. All this is being done to the last wild herd of buffalo in America with millions of our tax dollars to benefit the economic interests of Montana's most powerful industry, livestock.

Thanks to Chuck I for designing the new site and to Planetmind in Nederland, CO for hosting it. The server hosting the new BFC's site is 100% Wind powered!
* The Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone National Park
The Yellowstone herd is unique, and is descended from 23 individuals who survived the 19th century near-extinction by taking refuge in the Park's remote backcountry. Unfortunately, America's only truly wild, genetically pure buffalo find themselves at the center of a violent conflict that can result in the yearly slaughter of hundreds or thousands of buffalo.

Yellowstone does not provide sufficient winter range for the resident herds of wildlife due to the deep snows of its high elevation plateaus, and buffalo are not protected on all of their year-round habitat. Animals leave the Park to forage on lower elevation grasses necessary for winter survival. When buffalo follow their instinctual migration routes to lower elevations, as they traditionally have done, they unwittingly enter a conflict zone where their survival is undermined by Montana politics.

Montana's powerful livestock industry demands that buffalo exiting the Park must be slaughtered to prevent the spread of brucellosis, a European livestock disease introduced by cows and first detected in Yellowstone buffalo in 1917. The livestock industry continuously complains about the threat of brucellosis, but the facts tell another story. There has never been a single documented case of wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis to livestock. Even if such a transmission were biologically possible, the absence of cattle from lands where buffalo forage in winter months make it physically impossible. Yellowstone elk and other wildlife, also known to carry brucellosis, are allowed to freely exit the park without coming under fire as the buffalo do, belying the DOL's assertions that brucellosis poses such a grave threat.

During the winter of 1996-'97, nearly 1100 buffalo were slaughtered when they crossed the arbitrary Park boundary and entered Montana. These killings, combined with deaths from the unusually severe winter, resulted in a loss of more than half of the Yellowstone herd in a matter of months. Since that wicked winter, Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers have been patrolling the Yellowstone boundary, monitoring buffalo movements, and documenting the MT Department of Livestock (DOL) and National Park Service (NPS) actions against the buffalo.
While buffalo continue to be killed every year, the presence of our volunteers and our success at focusing media attention on the slaughter have prevented a repeat of the '96-'97 slaughter, the worst single year for American buffalo since the 19th century.

For more information on the importance of the Yellowstone herd and on their current plight, please visit http://buffalofieldcampaign.org.
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PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0070


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