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* Update from the Field -- Buffalo Outreach
* URGENT! Bison Hunt Comments Due Friday, July 14!
* * Bring BFC to Your Community!
* Last Words

* Update from the Field
July 13, 2006

With the buffalo safe in the interior of Yellowstone National Park, Buffalo Field Campaign is able to shift our attention to education and outreach efforts. In addition to our table in Yellowstone National Park, we've been busy giving educational tours to visitors, including several college groups, and planning our annual road shows. This year, for the first time, we'll be visiting three distinct regions: the West Coast, the East Coast, and the Southern Rocky Mountain region.

Our crew of tablers has been in Yellowstone National Park every day this summer, talking to park visitors about the buffalo, sharing stories, and letting them know how they can help protect the buffalo. If you visit Yellowstone this summer, be sure to stop by our table near Tower Falls. If you want to volunteer at our table, call (406) 646-0070 or email: buffaloatwildrockies.org.

While the buffalo may be temporarily safe in the park, the meddling hands of government never seem to let up. Montana plans to double the number of bison "hunting" permits this year, while still refusing to allow the bison any protected habitat in the state. The comment period on the expanded hunt ends tomorrow, 7/14/06, so please read on and send your comments today!

* URGENT! Bison Hunt Comments Due Tomorrow! Friday, July 14!
Many thanks to everyone who has already sent in comments opposing Montana's expanded bison hunt! Tomorrow marks the deadline for comments, so if you haven't already, please let Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks hear from you. Gunning buffalo down as they step across the man-made line from Yellowstone into Montana can hardly be considered fair or ethical. Wild buffalo are ecologically extinct in Montana and are treated as vermin when they attempt to enter the state, yet 100 'tags' may be issued to gunners to kill them when they cross into Montana. Currently, there are less than 3,500 wild buffalo remaining in the United States; this is the Yellowstone herd, yet, due to strong pressure from the cattle industry, each year our last wild bison are subjected to hazing, capture, slaughter, quarantine and now a so-called hunt. Non-hunters and hunters alike need to join voices to ensure a strong future for our wild buffalo brethren. Wild buffalo must be allowed to recover their native habitat, they must be respected as a valued native wildlife species, and they must not be "managed" by Montana's Department of Livestock. Please make your voice heard for the last wild herd!

For more information, contact information as well as suggested talking points visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/legislative/bisonhuntingbill.html. If you want to take immediate action, send your comments now directly to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) Wildlife Division, Attn: Public Comment, P.O. Box 200701, Helena, MT 59620-0701, Email: fwpwld@mt.gov. Please send a copy to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org. Many thanks for standing up for the last wild buffalo. Please pass this alert on!

* Bring BFC to Your Community! 
It's nearing that time of year again! BFC is preparing to hit the road and bring the buffalo's story to your community! Our annual West Coast Road Show will kick off at the end of August, an all-new Southern Rockies Road Show will hit the road in September, and the East Coast Road Show is set to begin in October.
The Road Shows have proven to be an invaluable means of outreach and fundraising. We connect with many long-term supporters, meet many beautiful people who are just learning about the issue for the first time. We are graced each season by numerous volunteers who attended presentations or spoke with us during these important journeys. We also get to see old friends and strengthen the ties that keep our buffalo family strong. Help us keep this momentum growing! Please let us know if you would like to bring BFC to your community.

While the West Coast schedule is already fairly full, we are still booking East Coast and Southern Rockies dates. If you can help set up a presentation or know of events where we can set up an info and advocacy table, please let us know. Farmer's Markets, festivals, coffee shops, libraries, community events, colleges, and more are all possible outlets for sharing our work to save the last wild buffalo. As we finalize dates and locations we'll post them on our web site. There will be exiting buffalo friends accompanying BFC this year, making it an unforgettable road show season that we can't wait to share with you!

~ West Coast Road Show
contact Mike Mease at mease"at"wildrockies.org or 406-646-0070

~ Southern Rockies Road Show
contact Josh Osher at bfc-advocate"at"wildrockies.org

~ East Coast Road Show
contact Dan Brister or Stephany Seay at dan"at"wildrockies.org or bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org or call 406-726-5555.

For the Buffalo,

* Last Words

Dear Ed: As you know, the winning design for the Montana quarter prominently features a bison skull. It seems rather bleak to me, as if we were announcing to the world that Montana's glory days, like the once-abundant herds of buffalo, are a thing of the past. What do you think? -- Two Bits

Dear TB: It's much more sinister than you can imagine. I heard that the real purpose of the new design is to counter all the criticism we were subjected to for allowing the slaughter of bison that wandered out of Yellowstone National Park. The hope is that the new quarter will subtly drive home the idea that, "Hey, we didn't kill any bison. They were already dead."

From The Billings Gazette, July 9, 2006:
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