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Weekly Update from the Field October 27, 2005
* Update from the Field
* Bison Hunt Looms - Contact Governor Schweitzer
* COLORADO: Benefit Dinner to Honor Last Wild Buffalo
* East Coast Road Show
* Tasty Reminder: Organic Rewards for the Month's Most Generous Donation
* Last Words

* Update from the Field
This week the real eco-terrorists were in town again, donning their guns and badges, flexing their authoritative muscle on all that is wild and free. The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), and the National Park Service (NPS) came out to chase wild buffalo off of the buffalo's native landscape, back into Yellowstone National Park. The DOL is still in town, with possible plans to waste more of our tax dollars in the morning by bullying wildlife and disrupting the ecosystem.  

This continuous onslaught will be compounded with Montana's planned bison hunt, set to begin in less than three weeks. 

To be with the buffalo as they are under attack, BFC will maintain two separate camps during the hunt - November 15 through February 15 - one in West Yellowstone and one in Gardiner. In order to run two camps, we need good, reliable equipment so we can share with the world what a buffalo "hunt" really looks like, and how Montana "welcomes" the last wild buffalo as they enter the state.

Please help us be the eyes and ears of the world during this hunt! For our presence in Gardiner we need a one-chip digital video camera, mini-DV tapes, and digital still cameras. You can also help by sending us a monetary donation (however great or small), joining us on the front lines and standing in defense of the buffalo, and contacting local and national media outlets to bring attention to Montana's big mistake called the bison hunt.     
* Bison Hunt Looms - Contact Governor Schweitzer
Less than three weeks from now, gunners will be at Yellowstone National Park's north and west boundary lines, waiting to shoot down buffalo that dare cross into Montana. 

Governor Brian Schweitzer, who campaigned for office making statements like "wild buffalo will enjoy more tolerance in Montana" and "the MDOL is ill-equipped to manage wild buffalo" has not only ok'd the hunt, but he put in for a permit himself. Schwitzer's words are empty ones.

Montana affords wild buffalo zero tolerance. They are not welcome in the state, they are not considered wildlife by the state, and they are aggressively mis-managed by the state's Department of Livestock when they migrate, crossing the man-made line into Montana. 
The "hunt" will be a fatal insult to the country's last wild buffalo, one added to the already serious injury of the current management scheme of hazing, capture, and slaughter.

CONTACT GOVERNOR SCHWEITZER TODAY and tell him to cancel this hunt before it begins. Tell him that the country's last wild buffalo deserve to be honored as a wildlife species in Montana. Tell him that livestock agents should inspect livestock and leave wildlife alone. Tell him that this hunt will be shown to the world, and Montana will suffer another huge public relations nightmare should it go forward. Tell him that Montana's tourism industry depends heavily on dollars from the so-called "outsiders" who want these buffalo protected, and that those much-needed dollars will not come from you while this buffalo harassment and slaughter continues.
Tell him the whole world is watching.

Help stop the bison hunt. Call Governor Schweitzer today and urge your friends to do so, too:
Phone: 406-444-3111
Fax: 406-444-5529
Web: http://governor.mt.gov/contact/comments.asp
Mail: State Capitol, P.O. Box 200801, Helena, MT 59620-0801
* COLORADO: Benefit Dinner to Honor Last Wild Buffalo
A benefit dinner hosted by the Gold Lake family will help to empower the BFC to be on the frontlines defending the buffalo and their habitat, and document every move made against them. 

Gold Lake Mountain Resort and Spa, located in beautiful Ward, Colorado, invites you to join them on Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 6 pm for an evening of exquisite locally grown and organic foods prepared by their talented chefs. Buffalo Field Campaign video footage - 'Where the Buffalo Roam' - will be shown, and guests will enjoy live poetry and music. A silent auction featuring local artists, therapists, and businesses will complete this special event.

Buffalo Field Campaign encourages you to attend.
You can make reservations by calling Gold Lake Mountain Resort & Spa, 303-459-3544.


For details please visit www.goldlake.com.

A huge THANK YOU to the Sanchez Family, Gold Lake Mountain Resort, and everyone who attends this important and special event for the buffalo! 
* East Coast Road Show
The East Coast Road Show is winding down. After some exciting events last week at Boston College and the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, we arrived Tuesday in Vermont for our last run of presentations.

Our first night here we hooked up with Vermont native and BFC volunteer and coordinator, Asa. Nestled in a rustic and cozy cabin built by his father in the beautiful hills of Vermont, Asa has joined us for his home-state presentations.

We asked Asa to share his experiences on this leg of the road show and this is what he wrote:
We have done two events in Vermont so far, one at Vermont Law school in South Royalton and one at the Langdon St. Cafe in Montpelier. Tonight we'll finish up the road show in Burlington.

It has been great to join Dan and Stephany for this short leg of the tour, to see all the effort that they have been putting into the Roadshow and to see how interested some of the people we've been meeting are in finding out about the buffalo and in trying to do what they can to help. But in having been away from the buffalo since the spring it was hard to see the same hazing and capture footage I have seen so many times and to hear the same facts that I have become so familiar with.

The people that hear about the hazing and slaughter when we are tabling in Yellowstone or on the roadshow so often ask the same questions. If all this is true, brucellosis is not a threat to cattle for so many reasons, why is the slaughter and hazing still going on? It is these questions that I have a hard time answering and explaining.

Why are there still people who seem set on destroying even this last small herd when they have already killed all the millions of buffalo and other wildlife, forests, rivers and peoples that they have come across. There is no reason for what's happening to the buffalo and this is what is hard to comprehend after seeing day after day what the buffalo endure. But the people and Government agencies responsible don't seem to need a reason, which is part of why this struggle goes on and on, because what we're up against is totally insane, irrational, and so powerful. Hopefully, with the issue so clear-cut, the more people who know about the situation, the more impact they will have and the sooner the buffalo will gain the protection they disserve.

For the Buffalo,
Dan, Stephany, and Asa
* Tasty Reminder: Organic Rewards for the Month's Most Generous Donation
For years BFC volunteers have been nourished by the delicious organic foods of Living Tree Community Foods thanks to the generous donations of this amazing company. Now Living Tree would like to spread that nourishment to our supporters.

Whoever makes the largest donation of each month will receive:
One Sweet n'Kind, Pumpkin Sesame Butter
One Heart n'Sol, Walnut Sesame Halvah
One Dream of Paradise,Chocolate Ecstasy
For more information on these tasty and healthy rewards:
* Last Words
"No intelligent excuse can be offered for the senseless slaughter and awful waste of a valuable and harmless animal purely for personal gain or to satisfy a bloodlust to kill."
--Martin S. Garretson, The American Bison, 1938

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