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Weekly Update from the Field April 9, 2009
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* Update from the Field--MIxed Herds on the Move
* Mother's Day Cards in Support of Buffalo Field Campaign
* Last Words
* Kill Tally

* Update from the Field

Greetings Buffalo Friends,

Spring is in full swing this week in Yellowstone country and we are happy to report that the buffalo are freely roaming the thawing landscape. The group of 60 buffalo that was on Horse Butte last week decided to head back to the park on Saturday and spent a few days along the Madison River just inside the boundary. As of this writing, this group is again heading out of the Park towards the Butte, their numbers now expanded to over 90. Besides witnessing the buffalo wander as their instincts command, we have been blessed with many other signs of spring. Sandhill cranes, killdeer, osprey, white pelicans, and other migratory birds are returning to their summer nesting grounds. Wolves have been busy too, taking down two elk within sight of our regular patrols.

Even though this herd has been safe inside the park, and the adaptive management plan gives them temporary tolerance on Horse Butte, the migration corridor remains unsafe. If a group of more than 30 buffalo steps to the south side of the Madison River while heading to Horse Butte, they will be subjected to the heavy-handed management of the DOL. While much of this area is perfectly suitable habitat, the arbitrary nature of the management plan denies the buffalo its use, even as a corridor. BFC keeps a watchful eye on the buffalo and a vigilant focus on the agencies that would disrupt and destroy this ancient migration.

In addition to our regular field patrols, we continue work on the policy front. On Wednesday and Thursday BFC representatives are attending and attempting to influence the latest round of meetings on the Interagency Bison Management Plan in Bozeman.

As the days get longer and the buffalo wander, we observe and ask ourselves-
Are they responding to their own instincts, or to the fear of hazing prompted by the agencies of the IBMP?

Roam Free!
* Mother's Day Cards in Support of Buffalo Field Campaign

Mother's Day is a perfect time to reflect on the Earth we intend to leave to future generations. Will we "see beyond our own time" to ensure that wild bison roam free? That our children's children will have the chance to marvel at these magnificent wild creatures?

This is what Buffalo Field Campaign works for, with your generous support. We will send a beautiful card to the person of your choice. This year, our popular Mother's Day card features a hand-drawn (and reproduced) original copied from a smaller, accompanying photo of mom and baby in Yellowstone. Our card is appropriate for all the nurturing relationships you'd like to honor with a gift to BFC.

The deadline for orders is April 22, 2009. A minimum donation of $15 is requested for each card you would like us to send.

For more information, and to order, click here or send a check or money order (no cash, please) to: BFC / PO Box 957 / West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Thank You!
* Last Words
"The Buffalo are coming back."
--The wind in the leaves and needles
* 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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