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Weekly Update from the Field January 25, 2007
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* Update from the Field
* Yellowstone Buffalo Illegally Shot by Hunter
* Send Some Wild BuffaLove this Valentine's Day!
* Upcoming Events in Montana ~ Represent the Last Wild Buffalo!
* Last Words

* Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
... And then there were none.  After this week's painful events, this is how the Update starts.  But we have also won a small victory for the living buffalo that remain within Yellowstone National Park.

Since November, BFC has been sharing with you stories of our time in the company of a group of magnificent bull bison who thought they had found a safe place to winter on Horse Butte: Yellowstone Village/Hebgen Lake Estates.  The people in this neighborhood are good friends to the buffalo and thoroughly enjoy coexisting with these gentle giants. The buffalo certainly felt safe there and made it their winter home. We are very sad to report that the last three Yellowstone buffalo that had been wintering in this area have all been killed by so-called hunters.  These were the only three buffalo in Montana on this side of Yellowstone. There are no more buffalo in Montana here along Yellowstone's western boundary.

In the previous phase of Montana's hunt, 24 out of 25 hunters in West Yellowstone were skunked.  Fine with us.  But the reasons are ridiculous; it's because there are no wild buffalo in Montana.  They are ecologically extinct.  The blame rests on Montana's zero-tolerance against wild buffalo and the federal government who so willingly assists in carrying out Montana's buffalo death-wishes. With no other buffalo out of the park to kill, trucks loaded with people and guns had been scouting out the Horse Butte neighborhood, practically drooling over a chance to kill one of the three remaining gentle giants.  Their desperation has been growing.

On Monday, for the first time this season, the three bulls jumped a fence from the buffalo safe neighborhood, onto the Munns property. We had been told that there was no hunting allowed there, either, but apparently not all the Munns brothers had been in agreement.  A hunter got permission from one of the brothers to kill a buffalo and the next morning a terrible event occurred.  Please see below for a full account of the day's events, including a firsthand account from a BFC volunteer, news stories, BFC video, and photos.  Thanks to BFC patrols, two of our cameras captured the event which resulted in criminal charges against the gunner.  BFC video footage revealed illegal actions by the hunter which lead Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks to confiscate the bull.  This was the leading news story in Montana on Tuesday night.

The two remaining bulls left the neighborhood yesterday.  In the very same field where they had been safe for months their brother had been shot, wounded, left for dead, suffered for two hours, and was later gutted and torn apart.   Agents used snowmobiles to drag out the parts of his massive body and deliver his flesh to a food bank.  His huge heart and organs are all that's left of buffalo in that field now. The security these remaining two bull buffalo felt was shattered and they left.  Waiting for this opportunity were two other groups of buffalo hunters.  As the buffalo left the neighborhood the gunners claimed them as their legal prey. Afterwards, BFC patrols saw two Department of Livestock (DOL) agents snowmobiling through the neighborhood, likely gloating in their satisfaction that Montana was rid of the rightful roamers of this land.

Along the northern boundary, near Gardiner, a mixed group of 21 buffalo were harassed by Yellowstone National Park rangers.  The buffalo are simply trying to migrate, moving through North America's largest wildlife migration corridor.  But humans have all but blocked this critical path with fences and intolerance.  The buffalo stepped onto Church Universal & Triumphant (CUT) land where they have never been welcome.  Park Rangers chased them back into Yellowstone.  But buffalo know best where buffalo need to be, and it's just a matter of time before they try to make their way again.  Who knows what fate awaits them.  As this goes on, the Nez Perce, under treaty rights, have also taken two more bull buffalo, and a third was killed by a Montana hunter.

Including buffalo killed by the Nez Perce, 29 of this country's last wild buffalo have been killed in this year's "hunt," while two bull bison were sent to slaughter by the DOL early in the fall.  1,016 wild Yellowstone bison were killed by humans last winter, including 858 sent to slaughter from Yellowstone National Park, 59 killed by the Montana Department of Livestock, 53 slaughtered under a quarantine experiment, 40  killed in Montana's "hunt," and six by the Nez Perce.

On Monday, January 29, in Montana's capital city, Helena, Governor Brian Schweitzer is planning an event to unveil and celebrate the new state quarter which depicts a bison skull.  A dead buffalo.  That's the symbol Montana chooses for it's quarter and license plates.  And how grossly appropriate.  Every single buffalo that has entered Montana this year has been killed, and that's the way Montana officials and cattle interests like it.

Please call Governor Schweitzer right now and tell him that's not the way the people or the buffalo want it!  Speak from your heart's wisdom.  Let wild buffalo ROAM!  406-444-3111.

Roam Free,
* Yellowstone Buffalo Illegally Shot by Hunter
Stephanie's Powerful First-hand Account of the Illegal Hunt:

BFC Exclusive Video Footage

BFC Press Release

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Leading News Story on Montana CBS Stations.  BFC footage and interview with Mike Mease.  This story also appeared on TV stations in Idaho, Wyoming and Washington state.

Hunter Charged in Bison Case / Hunter Accused of Killing Bison on Private Land:

Originally printed in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle 1/24, picked up by the Associated Press, and printed by the Billings Gazette on 1/25.
* Send Some Wild BuffaLove this Valentine's Day
Still looking for that perfect Valentine's Day gift?  Look no further.  Send a token of your love, for the love of buffalo and those working in their defense!  The last day to order these beautiful, hand-crafted cards for your sweetheart or loved ones is Saturday, February 3, 2007.  All proceeds go towards the work of the Buffalo Field Campaign.

GET SOME WILD BUFFALOVE NOW! http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/aboutus/artthoughts/valentine.html
* Upcoming Events in Montana ~ Represent the Last Wild Buffalo!
Monday, January 29, 2007
- Governor Brian Schweitzer unveils new Montana quarter, depicting a bison skull.  Monday morning.  Helena Civic Center. Helena, Montana. Helena Civic Center.
Article: http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2007/01/25/news/state/80-quarter.txt
Can't attend?  Speak your mind:  Governor Schweitzer, 406-444-3111

Monday, January 29, 2007, 1:00 p.m.
- Montana Board of Livestock meeting.  On the agenda is "expansion of bison hunt."  Department of Livestock headquarters, across the street from the Capitol Building.  Helena, Montana
Can't attend?  Speak your mind:  Board of Livestock, 406-444-9321.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

- Interagency Bison Management Plan Open House and Workshops.  The IBMP is utterly failing wild bison.  Since the Plan's inception nearly two thousand wild Yellowstone buffalo have been killed. Livestock interests call the shots and dictate harassment, capture, slaughter, quarantine and now a "hunt" of our country's last wild bison.  Please attend this event and speak out for our wild buffalo brothers and sisters!  Bring your friends!
Can't attend? Let the agencies responsible for the bison slaughter hear from you! http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/politicians.html.

Friday, February 2, 2007, all evening
- Join us in Missoula, Montana, for a thought provoking, informative and entertaining event about the meaning of wildness, and how it is being jeopardized by our state and federal agencies.  This event is being organized to alert the public about the horrendously misguided "quarantine feasibility study" involving Yellowstone bison calves. The evening will begin with Missoula's First Friday Artwalk, followed by a bike parade and street theatre, climaxing at 8:30 with speakers, video and more at the Stensrud Community Center, located at 314 N. 1st W., north of tracks, next to the Gold Dust Gallery in Missoula, Montana. 

Dance party to follow event.
Visit http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/events/quarantine_event.html for a complete announcement or contact Drea 726-0040 or Dru 542-5165 for more information.
* Last Words
When the animals come to us,
asking for our help,
will we know what they are saying?
When the plants speak to us
in their delicate, beautiful language,
will we be able to answer them?
When the planet herself
sings to us in our dreams,
will we be able to wake ourselves, and act?
~Gary Lawless

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