Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
As they say, no news is good news. Things are
quiet in the field currently, with no buffalo yet migrating
out of Yellowstone's high country. Of course,
this is only "good" news in light of what
the buffalo suffer when they enter Montana. In
a perfect world, the buffalo's migration into Montana
would be cause for celebration. And we do celebrate
it; being in the presence of these magnificent beings
is nothing short of fantastic and incredibly humbling.
Their persistence, resistance, and endurance after centuries
of assault is inspiring, to say the least. But
so long as the infamous Interagency Bison Management
Plan is in place, along with Montana's zero-tolerance
policy against wild buffalo, there is a bittersweet
edge to this inevitable migration. What's in store
for wild buffalo who follow their migratory instincts?
Federally-funded hazing, capture, quarantine, and slaughter
aimed at satisfying the cattle industry's economic interests,
and a border-shoot disguised as a "hunt."
Montana's canned bison hunt begins in less than two
weeks, on November 15. It does not matter that
the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks
(FWP) claims that they are attempting to "build
a buffalo constituency" with this hunt; in reality,
they are simply helping the Department of Livestock
with their dirty work, ensuring that any buffalo that
migrates into the state will be killed. Please
speak your mind about Montana's canned bison hunt and
insist that wild buffalo be classified and managed as
a native wildlife species, that all authority over wild
bison be removed from the Montana Department of Livestock
and transferred to wildlife professionals, and that
wild bison be provided with year-round habitat in Montana
and given access to all public lands within their historic
Contact FWP Region 3 Director PFlowers@mt.gov;
Contact Montana's Governor BrianSchweitzer@mt.gov.
Back at the cabin, the Buffalo Family is regrouping
and preparing for another season of front lines defense
of America's last wild buffalo. Old and new buffalo
defenders from around the globe begin their own migration
from the four directions to come stand with the buffalo.
We are grateful to each of you who are with us.
And whether you are helping the buffalo by joining us
on the front lines, by supporting us financially, sending
in-kind donations, or helping to raise awareness in
your own communities, you are the force that keeps us
going; you are the voice for America's last wild buffalo.
* Help BFC Get a "Let Buffalo Roam"
Montana License Plate!
Buffalo Field Campaign has an exciting new project underway,
and we need your help to get a "Let the Buffalo
Roam" license plate for the state of Montana.
You do not need to be a Montana resident to participate.
Four fabulous designs are up on our web site for you
to choose from: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/montanalicenseplate.html
BFC must raise $4,000 by Thursday, November 15, 2007
to make a "Let Buffalo Roam" license plate
a reality in the Big Sky State. The ever-gracious
Patagonia, Inc. will match the first $2,000 in donations.
Let the Buffalo Roam! Pick your favorite plate
and help make them a reality: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/montanalicenseplate.html.
When you decide on your favorite design, email your
choice to email@example.com.
Thank you for helping represent the freedom of wild
buffalo in Montana!
* Montana: BFC Featured at Wild &
Scenic Film Festival
WildWest Institute and Patagonia present...
Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour
Thursday, November 15th, starting at 6:30 pm
Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins, Missoula
The Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival, the
largest of its kind in North America, is going "On
Tour" and coming to Missoula on November 15th to
inspire people to take environmental action. Enjoy
over three hours of film, including a Buffalo Field
Campaign documentary, fun and inspiration to help support
the WildWest Institute. Tickets are $10 and a
raffle featuring outdoor clothing and gear will also
be held. Tickets are available at The
Trailhead or at the door.
Contact WildWest for more information at 542-7343 or
* ACTION: Help Protect Wild Buffalo Under
the Endangered Species Act!
America's last wild buffalo - the Yellowstone population
- has a chance to be protected under the Endangered
Species Act as a Distinct Population Segment.
Please download, print and circulate widely this petition
to help build strong public support for protecting the
Yellowstone buffalo http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/science/buffaloesapetition.pdf.
Send completed petitions to Buffalo Field Campaign,
to the address at the end of this email.
And please SEND YOUR COMMENTS to the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service in support of James Horsley's petition
to protect the Yellowstone bison under the Endangered
Species Act as a Distinct Population Segment.
Urge the U.S.FWS to do adequate research to identify
the bison's native historic range and to reconsider
their current position not to protect wild bison and
their habitat under the Endangered Species Act.
For more information contact Darrell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your comments to:
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Lakewood, CO 80228
* Last Words
"The bison in Yellowstone National Park are essentially
zoo animals. They should fence the park and treat
the bison as such."
~ Rancher Don Taylor, Kolin, Montana
From an article in the agricultural-based publication
The Prairie Star, 10/26/07
Ranchers voice concern over proposed split-state