|Yellowstone Bison Slaughter
Update from the Field January 12, 2009
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* 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
If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to
a letter to President Barack Obama using BFC's new
Take Action Center. And if you've already sent one yourself,
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
* 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
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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