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Weekly Update from the Field May 18, 2006
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* Update from the Field--DOL Helicopter Disrupts Spring
* Thank You for Celebrating Wild Buffalo Mothers!
* Tatanka 2006: Built to Spill Benefit Concert for the Buffalo!
* Warning: APHIS Wants More Control Over Yellowstone Area Wildlife
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* Update from the Field--DOL Helicopter Disrupts Spring
Buffalo Field Campaign Supporters,
Most people who choose to live in the communities surrounding Yellowstone National Park do so because of the area's natural beauty and the presence of such charismatic native creatures as bison, bears, wolves, moose, deer, and elk. This is the only place in America where the possibility of wild bison migrating through the yard still exists. And while the public relations manipulators at Department of Livestock (DOL) headquarters would have us believe that bison can't coexist with human communities, the truth on the ground tells another story altogether.
Out on patrol locals visit with stories of buffalo stopping by to graze in their yards year after year, of their children spending hours at the window, captivated by the sheer size and presence of a gentle animal standing six feet tall at the hump, weighing a ton and that has been eradicated from nearly all of its native range. The bison are one of the reasons people choose to live here. They are a species that makes living in West Yellowstone, Montana unlike living anywhere else in the world.

Last Sunday night, residents of the Bear Trap housing area went to bed feeling good that there was a group of five bison bulls in the neighborhood. Some of the locals must have thought those bison were safe, having posted signs on their fences reading "Bison Safe Zone: No Shooting or Harassing Wildlife Permitted per Order of the Landowner." They were wrong.

Imagine the shock of being rudely awakened early on a Monday morning by the pounding sound of helicopter rotors a few feet above your rooftop. For residents of the Bear Trap housing area, that's exactly what happened this week as the Department of Livestock, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and the National Park Service orchestrated an all-out attack on the ecosystem in their irrational effort to keep wild bison out of Montana.

We'd been falsely assured by the governor's office that the DOL wouldn't be using their helicopter, which disrupts all wildlife, this spring. When the chopper arrived and began hazing buffalo we called the governor's office and were told by his policy advisor that the governor's office and Department of Livestock had agreed that the helicopter would be used only for spotting, not hazing buffalo. Later in the day, after we'd gathered hours of footage showing the helicopter harassing newborn bison calves, their mothers, and bulls, the governor's office changed its tune to ""The agreement, the understanding we had was that the helicopter would be used for spotting and necessary hazing."

As always, BFC patrols were in the field, documenting every action against the buffalo. We documented the chaos of the helicopter hazing in the Bear Trap housing area and an intense interaction between a local resident who doesn't appreciate the DOL's arrogance and disregard for his property rights. We documented hazing operations near Red Canyon, Duck Creek, Horse Butte, the north and south sides of the Madison River, and even within the boundaries of Yellowstone Park. You can see these images, and the intense interaction between a local homeowner and the DOL agents, by clicking on: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

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* Thank You for Celebrating Wild Buffalo Mothers!
A sunny, blue Montana sky greeted us on Mother's Day morning. I loaded the truck with banners, outreach materials, coffee (thanks Mountain People's Co-op, Nederland, CO) and cookies (thanks Amber), and, of course, our giant wooden buffalo proclaiming that "Wild Bison Are Being Honored Today." Japhy and Amber, both ten and already veteran BFC volunteers, hung the "Wild Bison Calving Season: Free Coffee, Free Cookies, Free the Buffalo!" sign. From high in a tree Japhy yelled, "This is my second ever banner hang!" Amber echoed from her perch, "This is my first!"

Throughout the course of the day we greeted many local residents and BFC volunteers, some who brought their families, offering treats and encouraging a unification of the area in support of the buffalo. Overwhelmingly, the folks who stopped by enjoy the buffalo in their yards and in their community. Many expressed dissatisfaction with the DOL, a theme we continue to encounter as their brutality and disregard for the rights of private property owners grows.

We saw no buffalo that day; I'm sure the mamas and babies that had been hazed the past week were resting and recuperating. The following day, Monday, the helicopter roared in that same blue Montana sky, running mamas and babies hard. I wonder what those newborns think of that giant mechanical bird of prey. I admire the mothers who continue to nurture and bring hope to their offspring. Mother's Day IS a day for the Wild Bison Mothers. We hope to celebrate next year with all of you here in the field in West Yellowstone.

With the Buffalo,
* Tatanka 2006: Built to Spill Benefit Concert for the Buffalo!
Join BFC for a rockin' benefit for the wild Buffalo & Buffalo Field Campaign in Boise, Idaho with Built to Spill, Travis Ward, Junkyard Bandstand, and Tim Andreae Saturday June, 3rd, $21, Big Easy Concert House. Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 19.
For more information and to order tickets please visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/. Many thanks to Built to Spill and Ken Cole for making this event possible!
* Warning: APHIS Wants More Control Over Wildlife
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is one of five agencies involved in the Interagency Bison Management Plan. APHIS is the federal agency responsible for the national brucellosis eradication program and is solely responsible for designating the brucellosis status of individual states. All of the funds spent by the state of Montana to implement the Plan come from APHIS as part of their annual $9 million brucellosis eradication budget.

The far-fetched goal of APHIS is to completely wipe out brucellosis from the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem which can only be done if every last creature is killed. Bison, elk, bears and deer are just a few of our native wildlife species that can carry the cattle-borne disease brucellosis. It's a horrifying thought to think of this government agency (agents in white suits) setting up shop inside our national parks and protected lands - or anywhere in the region, for that matter - to conduct test-and-slaughter programs on America's wildlife, against a disease that would naturally wipe itself out if the bison and elk were allowed to disperse. The article below paints a frightening picture, especially given the fact that brucellosis originated in cattle, infected our native wildlife, and that the wildlife have been set up to take the blame ever since. The federal government should spend their time and resources focusing on the disease, not the carriers. We will all need to pay especially close attention to the evolution of APHIS's plans, and please, contact your members of Congress to tell them you strongly oppose APHIS having any more control over our nation's wildlife!

May 7, 2006: Feds aim for more wildlife control, Jackson Hole Star Tribune (WY)

Learn more about APHIS: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/faq/usdaaphis.html
Learn more about brucellosis: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/faq/whatisbrucellosis.html
Contact your members of Congress: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/politicians.html
* Last Words
"People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad the whole time to have such things about us."
~ Iris Murdoch

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