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Weekly Update from the Field November 1, 2007
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* Update from the Field
* Help BFC Get a "Let Buffalo Roam" Montana License Plate!
* Montana:  BFC Featured at Wild & Scenic Film Festival
* ACTION:  Help Protect Wild Buffalo Under the Endangered Species Act!
* Last Words

* 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 native range.  

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.  Thank you.

Roam Free!
* 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 plates@wildrockies.org.

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 skindle@wildrockies.org.
* 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 z@wildrockies.org.

Send your comments to:
Michael Stempel
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
134 Union Boulevard
Suite 645
Lakewood, CO 80228
(Phone) 303-236-4253
(Fax) 303-236-0027
* 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 status

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