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Weekly Update from the Field January 12, 2009
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* Update from the Field--Take Action Today!
* Horse Butte Bison Habitat Update
* Last Words--The Last Wild Buffalo in Montana, 1882
* Update from the Field--Take Action Today!
Since a lone bull came wandering across the hills and gullies of Yellowstone National Park's northern boundary on November 15 and was promptly shot, there hasn't been a single wild buffalo in Montana. Buffalo Field Campaign has been taking advantage of this atypical downtime by working double time in the legal and policy arenas, with our singular focus on providing Yellowstone buffalo unimpeded access to their habitat in Montana.

We need your help.

With a new administration in Washington, positive change for the buffalo has never been more promising. But we must let President Obama know about the wild Yellowstone buffalo, their importance, and what he can do to stop the slaughter.

If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to send a letter to President Barack Obama using BFC's new Take Action Center. And if you've already sent one yourself, please share the letter with your family members, friends, and acquaintances. President Obama has already received nearly 800 letters for the buffalo. It is up to each of us to make sure he hears from thousands more.

We have drafted a sample letter for your convenience, but please be sure to personalize it and ask President Obama to help the buffalo in your own words.

On a more local level, Buffalo Field Campaign representatives travelled to Helena recently to testify in favor of House Bill 253, the Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery and Conservation Act of 2009, which would have removed bison management authority from the Department of Livestock and invested it with the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Many of you who are Montana residents contacted your representatives in support of this bill. While the overwhelming majority of speakers at the hearing supported the legislation, the Montana Stockgrowers Association opposed it and it was tabled in committee, meaning it is unlikely to come up for a vote.
* Horse Butte Bison Habitat Update
Attorneys for the Montana Board of Livestock and Earthjustice recently filed motions to dismiss a second complaint filed by the Montana Stockgrowers. The Stockgrowers claim recent adaptions to the Interagency Bison Management Plan allowing bison to migrate outside of Yellowstone National Park in Hebgen Basin violates their constitutional rights to a "clean and healthful environment."
The Stockgrowers also claim...(read the rest by clicking HERE)
* Last Words
The Last Wild Buffalo in Montana, 1882
"The summer after I came out Mr. Alderson killed the last buffalo ever seen in our part of Montana. A man staying with us was out fishing when he saw this lonesome old bull wandering over the hills and gullies above our house--the first live buffalo seen in many months. He came home and reported it, saying: 'Walt, why don't you go get him?' And next morning Mr. Alderson did go get him.

That afternoon he suggested that we take the spring wagon and go up to where the old bull had fallen. There he lay in the green brush at the bottom of a draw--the last of many millions--with the bushes propping him up so that he looked quite lifelike. I had brought my scissors, and I snipped a sackful of the coarse, curly hair from his mane to stuff a pillow with."
--Nannie T. Alderson, A Bride Goes West, 1942
* Kill Tally
AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2008-2009 Total: 2
2008-2009 Slaughter: 0
2008-2009 Hunt: 1
2008-2009 Quarantine: 0
2008-2009 Shot by Agents: 1
2007-2008 Total: 1,616
Total Since 2000: 3,683*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts
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