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Weekly Update from the Field October 28, 2004
* Update From the Field
* A Friendly Reminder -- the Buffalo Need Your Help.
* Action Alerts--Help us stop the buffalo hunt and quarantine!
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* Update From the Field
The Montana Deptartment of Livestock (DOL) along with Park Service Rangers, the local game warden, and United States Forest Service Law Enforcement have continued their relentless assault on America's last wild herd of buffalo this week. After the capture and slaughter (without brucellosis testing) of a bull buffalo last Tuesday, the DOL and their puppets have been out harassing every buffalo stepping outside the borders of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) on a daily basis. This week, on two separate occasions, bull buffalo were hazed over seven miles into YNP from the Horse Butte Peninsula. Both hazing operations disturbed legal hunters who frequently hunt elk and deer along the Madison River in the 10,000 plus acres of public land between Horse Butte and YNP. Formal complaints were made to the DOL and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks about their unnecessary hazing activities. Unfortunately, these public concerns were only met by deaf ears and the typical DOL rhetoric. 
Bull buffalo are not capable of transmitting brucellosis, however, the DOL still maintains the unreasonable position that they do present a risk of transmission and therefore are not allowed to live freely in Montana. There has never been a documented case of any wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis to domestic cattle. In addition to the Horse Butte hazing operations, the DOL and the other agencies chased numerous bull buffalo that never left Yellowstone further into the Park knowing that the buffalo would return hours later. This unnecessary and useless harassment is highly detrimental to the health and future of these bulls who are trying to conserve energy and body fat in preparation for the harsh winter conditions to come. Perhaps, weakening these buffalo is the underhanded strategy of the DOL, effectively killing them outside of public view.
Numerous small snowstorms have been the pattern over the past several weeks and the forecast is calling for more to come. Winter preparations are almost complete, however, a few more projects still need attention. We are also running daily patrols with the buffalo and could use a few more people to be more effective in the field. The landscape is turning into a winter wonderland once again with snow clinging to the trees and piling up on the ground. If you have some time and energy to come out and be with the buffalo, please contact us by phone or email. If you are unable to join us, there are still many ways you can help us and the buffalo. Please check our current wish list to see if there is something you have that we need. 
* A Friendly Reminder -- the Buffalo Need Your Help.
With patrols running full time and Camp running full tilt again to keep up with all the field, legal, education, agency and research actions that need to be done to win this struggle - if you can help out with a donation (tax deductible) - please consider doing so. Many of our donors tell us they can't give us any money right now, because they've put it all into the crucial November elections. But please consider, we're your advocate and voice for this ecosystem for the long haul, both before and after November 2. Please make a contribution now, as things are tight and know that we will make every dollar stretch to its fullest in our frugal grassroots way!! Just go to http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org and hit the donate now button to donate securely online or send a check to Buffalo Field Campaign, POB 957, West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Thanks you for supporting our efforts. We can't be here without you!
* ACTION ALERTS--Help us stop the buffalo hunt and quarantine!
The assault on our last wild buffalo has ratcheted up in the past several months with numerous new programs designed to kill and domesticate the buffalo. Two particular proposals are up for public comment right now. The state of Montana is once again trying to "hunt" buffalo that leave Yellowstone's border. The last time Montana made this monumental mistake, the State received a huge black-eye that is still sore fifteen years later. If buffalo are once again gunned down at the Park's borders, there is no doubt that Montana along with all of the State's hunters and outfitting industry will be negatively affected and will once again be on the defensive. Comments on Montana's giant step backward are due November 26. Comment information is available on our website at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/legislative/huntalert.html

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks along with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service have released plans to capture, quarantine, and slaughter up to 200 buffalo calves in the next two years. The plan is test a hypothesis about the effectiveness of brucellosis serologic tests. We must let the agencies know that Yellowstone's wild buffalo are not available for science experiments. Comments are due to Montana, Fish Wildlife and Parks by November 11. Comment information is available on our website at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/legislative/quarantine.html.

Please take the time to comment on these plans today. Both the hunt and quarantine proposals are simply efforts by the agencies to sidestep around providing habitat for Yellowstone buffalo within the ecosystem. Both programs will end up costing Montana and federal taxpayers large sums of money and neither will do anything to accomplish long-term cooperative solutions. 
BFC Wish List
* Air Compressor - we currently have to drive 16 miles to West Yellowstone just to fill a tire with air. Help us save time and money.
* DVD burner - all of our media currently goes out on VHS. DVD's are higher quality and cheaper to send.
* Recycled paper - we would love to use only 100% post consumer paper, however, the cost is significantly higher. Consider a gift certificate or a mail order for office supplies to help us be greener.
* Medicinal herbs - our supplies are running low, we need natural medicines to keep us healthy and strong through the long Yellowstone winters.
* High capacity wet/dry shop vac - you wouldn't believe how many times big wet things spill.
* Large, long lasting candles and lamp oil - our power isn't very consistent during the winter and our tipis are non-electric.
* Snowshoes, cross country skis, bindings, boots and wax - our stock of winter travel items is getting old and haggard.
* Polypro or silk long underwear (no cotton please) - help us stay warm and dry.
* Sorrel style winter boots, liners, and wool socks - cold feet make for miserable volunteers.
* Heavy wool pants - our rule here is cotton kills. We need wool pants to stay warm and dry and our volunteers come in all shapes and sizes.
* Warm hats and gloves - most of your body heat leaves through your head.
* Moosewood and other cookbooks - our cooks do the best they can to keep our meals creative, but a few new recipies would be greatly appreciated by all.
* Please call or email us if you have other stuff that you think would be useful.

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