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Weekly Update from the Field October 5, 2006
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* Update from the Field
* Contact Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
* Southwest Road Show Round Up!
* Last Words

* Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
Since we last wrote to you about the violent capture and slaughter of two bull buffalo, things in the field have been less tragic. It's actually been a pretty good couple of weeks for our "fractious" bison brothers. A few bulls have been hanging out in their native Montana habitat, much to the chagrin of Department of Livestock (DOL) agents.
Early in the week, four DOL agents attempted to haze a couple of these bulls out of Yellowstone Village - a neighborhood where the buffalo are more than welcome by local homeowners. The DOL managed only to chase the bulls into the woods and lose them. On Wednesday the DOL returned to chase two other bulls off of their chosen ground, and proceeded to lose them, too.

Meanwhile, our road warriors have travelled many, many miles and completed their West Coast and Southwest Road Shows! Thank you to all who helped organize events, hosted and/or attended presentations, and joined the growing ranks of wild buffalo advocates! Josh gives a report from the first ever Southwest road show below, and please stay tuned for an update from the West Coast. Many thanks to Josh, Mike, Jesse and Seamus for hitting the road and spreading the word to save the herd! Thanks also to Good Shield and John Trudell for being such a huge part of the West Coast events and for your incredible support and inspiration.

Roam Free,
* Contact Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer
Two bulls have already been sent to slaughter for the "crime" of entering Montana, hazing operations are approaching full swing, Montana's impending canned bison hunt is about a month away, and Interagency Bison Management activities are looming. All this in spite of the words of Montana's governor, Brian Schweitzer, who claims again and again that wild bison will "enjoy more tolerance" in Montana. He's also made public statements that the DOL is "ill-equipped" to manage wild buffalo. He's also been widely quoted in the media stating that he wants a new plan and aims to increase tolerance for wild buffalo. How long must the buffalo wait, Governor? So far, the only "tolerance" Montana or its governor has shown wild buffalo is constant harassment, the slaughterhouse or a canned hunt. A cattleman himself, Governor Schweitzer has done little to show real tolerance for wild buffalo and we hold him responsible for the continued death and harassment that the country's last wild buffalo suffer at the hands of the Montana Department of Livestock and all involved agencies. He talks the talk, but just when does he plan to walk the walk? How many more buffalo will needlessly die before real action is taken? Please continue to put pressure on Governor Schweitzer to honor his pledge of "more tolerance" and to create a truly "New Montana" where wild buffalo are honored and respected.

Governor Brian Schweitzer
State Capitol
Helena, MT 59620-0801
Phone: 1-406-444-3111
Fax: 1-406-444 5529
Email: BrianSchweitzer@mt.gov
* Southwest Road Show Wrap Up
Buffalo Field Campaign's first annual Southwest road show has come to a close with the last show at the University of Colorado last night. The road show was a great success with shows throughout Colorado, Santa Fe, NM and Moab, UT. Many great contacts were made as audiences large and small shared in the story of America's last wild buffalo. We hope to build on this year's success with an expanded tour next year, including Arizona and more of New Mexico. Please feel free to contact Josh at bfc-advocate"at"wildrockies.org if you are interested in setting up an event for the 2007 Southwest road show. 

Many thanks go out to everyone who supported this year's effort. Thanks to Cristina, Lisa, Lanice, and Nick in Crestone; Nicole and Forest Guardians, Tom, Lenny, and Tim in Santa Fe; Mark, Marcus, Nancy and the Student Ecology Club in Durango; Joan, Jim, and Lucas in Telluride; Sarah, Laurel, and Top in Grand Junction; the Moab Info Center and Jeff in Moab; Pat, Chris, Marlene, and Prairie in Gunnison; Charlie, Wendy and HCCA in Crested Butte; and Dave, Mike, and Niki in Boulder. So many others helped make the road show a success including Greg, Dave and the folks at Planetmind in Nederland who lent us a Volkswagon Jetta powered by waste vegetable oil to use for the tour and Aron who helped out during the first week of the tour.

For the shaggy, wild ones,
* Last Words
"I said, 'Does this mean that you will be my enemy if I move across the creek?' Crazy Horse laughed in my face. He said, 'I am no white man! They are the only people that make rules for other people, that say, "If you stay on one side of this line it is peace, but if you go on the other side I will kill you all." I don't hold with deadlines. There is plenty of room; camp where you please.' "

~ He Dog, close friend and associate of Crazy Horse, in an interview in 1930

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