Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
All remains quiet in the field for the moment. We are
relishing the peace because in less than a week, Montana's
canned bison hunt will begin. Like last year, BFC will
maintain a presence in Gardiner as well as West Yellowstone.
We will bear witness for the buffalo and tell their
Please consider making a secure donation to BFC today
to help keep us on the front lines with the buffalo.
Mail your donation to the address at the end of this
update or click here to make a secure donation over
the web: https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?id=1807
As you know, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)
expanded the bison "hunt" for this year, issuing
140 permits to kill Yellowstone bison, as opposed to
the 50 issued last year. Some tags are for the West
Yellowstone area, and some are for the Gardiner area.
Some are for bulls or cow/calf and some are specifically
for cow or calf. View the breakdown by going to the
BFC press release issued this summer:
If there's good news, it's that this canned hunt was
organized by wildlife managers who didn't implement
knowledge of bison migration habits. Some gunners will
definitely come away empty-handed. Maybe that's what
it will take for hunters to finally understand that
until there is significant year-round habitat, until
wild buffalo establish a viable, resident population
throughout the state, until the Department of Livestock
is stripped of authority, and until Montana honors the
buffalo and respects them as a native wildlife species,
the "hunt" is not only unfair, unethical,
and unjust, it's plain WRONG by any definition.
The Yellowstone buffalo are America's last continuously
wild herd and number fewer than 4,000 animals. Their
once vast numbers have been reduced to less than .01
percent of their historic population. They are genetically
and behaviorally unique, yet with such a small population,
threatened with wanton government destruction year after
year, the last wild buffalo are in real danger of an
eventual collapse. Wild buffalo are essential to the
health of grassland ecosystems, they are the icon of
the American West, and they represent a profound sacredness
to First Nations People. Wild buffalo deserve protection
and respect, not cruelty and indifference. They deserve
to be honored, not persecuted. The land hungers for
their return. When the land teemed with millions of
buffalo, they gave of themselves freely. We now live
in a time when we must give back to them.
Please continue to call, write, fax and email Montana
Governor Brian Schweitzer. Insist that he take real
and positive action for the last wild buffalo and encourage
Montana to co-exist with these gentle, shaggy giants
who have walked this land for over ten thousand years.
Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, State Capitol, Helena,
Phone: 1-406-444-3111 / Fax: 1-406-444 5529 / Email:
Thanks to each and every one of you who continue to
be a strong voice for the last wild buffalo!
* Gold Lake Benefit Dinner for BFC in Honor
of the Last Wild Buffalo
For the second year in a row, Colorado's Gold Lake Mountain
Resort will hold a benefit dinner for the Buffalo Field
Campaign in honor of the wild Yellowstone buffalo. Gold
Lake invites you to join them on Thursday, November
16, 2006, at 6:00 pm, for an elegant evening of exquisite
locally grown and organic foods prepared by their talented
chefs. BFC video footage from "Where the Buffalo
Roam" will be shown to highlight the issue. There
will also be live music and a silent auction featuring
local artists, therapists and businesses. This is sure
to be a spectacular event and it's all for the Yellowstone
For more information call Felicia at 303-459-3544 or
Special thanks to buffalo warrior woman Justine Sanchez
for helping to organize this event! And huge thanks
to Gold Lake Mountain Resort for being a positive force
for the buffalo! Justine will give an interview on KGNU
Radio tomorrow morning (Friday, 11/9) at 8:15 AM. Tune
in online by going to: http://www.kgnu.org
* Channel G TV Showcases BFC Footage from the
We are very pleased to introduce an exciting project
spearheaded by Channel G TV. Channel G is a non-profit
organization that produces short format documentaries
for distribution on television, the Internet, at film
festivals and other video outlets. They help raise awareness
and funding with their incredible project presentation
showcases. Channel G TV learned about the Buffalo Field
Campaign and let us know they wanted to help. So, we
sent them our video footage along with lots of information,
and they put together an incredible film that is sure
to make buffalo activists out of just about anyone!
Okay, maybe not the DOL. Channel G has a goal of raising
$25,000 for BFC with this video project. Please help
us help them help us!
View the film at http://www.channelg.tv/distinct_project.php?project_id=1.
Please share this link with others! The video 'streams'
so it may take a little time for slower computers. In
the near future, BFC will be able to provide DVD copies
of the film.
The Channel G BFC film will also be showing at these
~ The Artivist Film Festival, this Saturday, November
11, 2006, in Los Angeles, California
~ The Wild & Scenic Film Festival, January 12-14,
2007, Nevada City, California
*Sponsored by Patagonia; BFC reps to attend
Many thanks to Channel G's Michael & Casey for creating
this great piece to help the last wild buffalo!
* Last Words
"You can't talk about an animal without referring
to its habitat and this is especially true when trying
to manage the survival of an animal. Habitat is the
key to fish and wildlife management in Montana."
~ MT Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) web site