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Weekly Update from the Field November 27, 2003
* Update From the Field
* Take Action
* News Release - Montana Department of Livestock Shoots Bull Buffalo
on Yellowstone National Park Boundary
* Thank you for Supporting our East Coast Tour

* Update from the Field
Dear Friends of the Buffalo,
In this time of thankfulness we have some sad news. On Tuesday November 25th, another bull buffalo was shot dead by DOL agent Shane Grube while running back towards the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. He was some 25 yards shy of the border. Volunteers had to witness the agents drag the dead bull to the facility where they proceeded to fork-lift him onto a truck, gut and skin him, and remove his head. Again another powerful animal died at the hands of the ignorant and intolerant. The bull lived

the only way he knew how---"Wild and Free!" Even in death the Buffalo continue to teach. 
On this Thanksgiving day, from the field, I would like to give thanks to the gifts that the Earth in this Yellowstone ecosystem continuously bestows upon us. In this past week while out on patrol, volunteers have been honored by a visiting pack of wolves, howling to others in the distance while eight bull bison lay silent amidst the sage brush, seemingly undisturbed by the presence of their predatory visitors. A bald eagle soars overhead, scanning Duck Creek for a meal while three otters break water as they come up for a look and quickly dive under again. A lone moose can be seen in the pines. Two ravens chase a Red-tailed hawk west of Sandy Butte. Each day in the field we are reminded of the connectedness that lives in and through all things, and that we are merely a strand in this huge web. As we stand in the field with the buffalo, we are very Thankful.

With the Buffalo,
Roman, BFC Volunteer
Take Action!
Write a letter to the editor, call your Representative, and tell your friends about the slaughter
The state of Montana says their reasons for "managing" our last, wild buffalo in such a disrespectful and shameful way is to protect the state's livestock industry's brucellosis-free status, yet, there has *never* been a documented case of buffalo transmitting the disease to domestic livestock. Moreover, bull buffalo pose nearly zero threat because the disease is one that affects the reproductive system, causing an infected female to abort her first fetus. 
For more info please read the press release below and then please *TAKE ACTION* to help stop the slaughter of America's wild buffalo. These are the only living descendants of the great herds of millions that once roamed America's landscape.

Every voice counts - everyone who takes action will help make a difference for our buffalo. Here are three things you and your friends can do:
1. Write a Letter to the Editor. A letter from you to local and national press will show that the public supports the protection of our wild buffalo, and abhors the shameful actions of the DOL. This is a terrific way to get the word out to your community as well. If the papers you subscribe to aren't covering the issue, ask that they do so. The slaughter of our buffalo is a national tragedy and the media should be covering it thoroughly. Information for submitting a letter to the editor is found on the editorial page of your paper.
2. Contact your House Representative and strongly urge them to support H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. This is critical *bipartisan* legislation aiming to put a halt on the slaughter of Yellowstone's buffalo.To contact your House Representative go to: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Pass this on to at least five of your friends and colleagues - help spread the word!
Many thanks for your help! It is up to us to stop the slaughter - your action will make a difference.
*News Release
Montana Department of Livestock Shoots Bull Buffalo
on Yellowstone National Park Boundary
For Immediate Release: November 25, 2003
Contact: Josh Osher (406) 646-0070

West Yellowstone, MT:
A lone bull buffalo was shot by agents of the Montana Department of Livestock at 9:15 this morning as he attempted to return to Yellowstone National Park.
The bull was hazed toward the Duck Creek Capture Facility through private property in the Duck Creek housing area. Agents were unable to capture the buffalo and shot him from behind as he fled toward the park across land owned by Dale Koelzer. Yellowstone Park rangers assisted.

Chris Mays witnessed the shooting, "The bull was less than fifty yards from the park boundary when the DOL opened fire. It took five shots to finally kill him and the agents were laughing and smiling the whole time. There is no conceivable reason for them to kill bulls."
Bull buffalo are considered a "low risk" of transmitting brucellosis, the state's justification for the slaughter. There has never been a documented case of wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis to livestock.

Congress took action to protect the Yellowstone herd earlier this month with the introduction of the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act (H.R. 3446). The bipartisan legislation--which would stop the hazing, capture, and slaughter of Yellowstone buffalo--was introduced by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D) and Rep. Charles Bass (R) on November 5.

The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter of Yellowstone's wild buffalo. Volunteers defend the buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on and document every move made against them.

Yellowstone bison are members of the only herd with continuously wild ancestry on its native range. The herd is both genetically and behaviorally unique. Today's kill marks the start of the DOL's 2003-2004 slaughter season. Montana has killed more than 3,500 Yellowstone buffalo since 1985.

Video Footage and Interviews Available upon Request.

To view an article on the recent killing, paste the following address into your browser:

*Thank you for Supporting our East Coast Tour
After spending nearly two months on the road, I would like to send my heartfelt gratitude to each of you who made the East Coast Roadshow so successful. I met with hundreds of caring and compassionate people along the way, collected thousands of petition signatures, recruited dozens of new volunteers, and made important alliances with grassroots activists and community organizers.

Special thanks to those of you who helped organize presentations in your communities and allowed us to share the plight of the buffalo with East Coast audiences. The success of the roadshow is testament to the power of grassroots advocacy.

Thank you Kate and the staff of the DC Patagonia store for starting things off strong; Sound Tribe Sector Nine and the organizers of the Harmonic Convergence Festival near Asheville, NC for letting us crash the Green Space and blowing our minds in Appalachia; Warren of York Pennsylvania for your kind heart; Barry and all the fine folks at the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York; Ibit and the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Vermont; Tricia and the organizers of the palate-pleasing Boston Vegetarian Society Food Festival; Lynn and David for providing a home away from home and making the Plymouth, NH show such a success; Jennifer and the students and community members of Keene, New Hampshire and Antioch New England; Cynthia and Chris at the University of New England for inviting me to your classes; Suzie and Tricia and all the family and friends who made the Cape Cod talk possible; Amy from Restore and Stephanie and the staff of the Boston Patagonia Store; Christine at Brown University; Danielle and all the anthropology students and faculty at William and Mary; Christina, Danny, and the Blue Ridge Group Sierra Club for organizing, accompanying, and travelling so far to attend the Charlottesville talk and support the buffalo; Virginia for the kindness, hospitality, and nourishment that made us feel such a part of the Mattaponai Pow Wow; thanks to Judy K. Arvin of Feathers on the Wind Studio for creating the beautiful and powerful "Tears for the Bison" sculpture and travelling hundreds of miles to hand-deliver it; Gerry and Students for Environmental Action for such a lively and well-attended talk at Kansas State in Manhattan. Thank you Stephany for the home-away-from-home in the Garden Pad and for the love and inspiration that made it all possible.

Gratitude to the buffalo for bringing us together and standing strong through adversity.
We will be returning to the East next Fall. If you are interested in hosting an event, please get in touch!
For the Buffalo,
Dan Brister
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0070

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