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Weekly Update from the Field November 14, 2008
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* Update from the Field
* New Action and Donation Tools Increase BFC's Effectiveness
* BFC Wish List
* Call for Volunteers on the Front Lines!
* Food and a New Stove Needed for Hungry Volunteers
* Last Words
* Kill Tally

* Update from the Field
Dear Buffalo Friends,
We apologize for the delay in getting the Update to you this week. Yesterday we experienced an extended power-outage after a severe wind storm, and our computers just got back on line late this morning. Thanks for your patience. A note to all: Starting this week, the Update from the Field will resume it's weekly publication. Thank you for being with us!

Thanks to everyone who has been sending in comments to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) on the Royal Teton Ranch (RTR) land lease. We are amazed at the tremendous amount of comments you all have been generating! The land lease being considered is a very bad deal for wild bison, which just exacerbates the status quo of hazing, capture, test, invasive handling, and slaughter as sanctioned under the cattle industry-driven Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). Through the public process, FWP responded to your initial requests to extend the comment period, and will now be accepting your input through November 21, 2008. If you have not yet taken action, you can easily do so by clicking here. Please be sure to *personalize* the draft comment letter provided for your convenience. Here you will also find more information as well as talking points. Thank you for being a voice for the last wild buffalo!

Tomorrow, November 15, Montana's so-called bison hunt opens. Buffalo Field Campaign strongly opposes the hunt, as wild bison still have no year-round habitat in Montana, they are still managed by the Department of Livestock, and there is never a time bison are allowed in the state without being subjected to harassment or death. Wild bison must be allowed to recover as a wildlife species in Montana, and they must be respected and managed as a valued wildlife species before a hunt should ever be considered. The Yellowstone bison population - the last wild buffalo in the U.S. - number fewer than 3,000 animals and cannot afford to fall under the gun, especially while being mismanaged under the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP). Hunters are being used by cattle-interests to eliminate wild bison that migrate into Montana. As it stands, wild bison are ecologically extinct in Montana. Hunters and non-hunters alike need to unite in opposition to this hunt, and work together to restore wild bison to their native range.

Buffalo Field Campaign is again running two camps within the bison's migratory paths along Yellowstone National Park's north and west boundaries: Gardiner and West Yellowstone, Montana. Our West Yellowstone headquarters is up and running with volunteers arriving and field patrols underway. Our Gardiner camp opens today as well. It takes a lot of resources for us to run two camps, to be able to bear witness and advocate for wild bison where they attempt to roam, and to keep field volunteers fed, warm and dry. You can help maintain our presence in the field with a tax-deductible monetary or in-kind donation. If you are able to join us on the front lines, we welcome your participation. Please see below for BFC's Wish List and Call for Volunteers to learn about different ways you can help keep BFC on the front lines.

In other news, the state and federal government agencies responsible for carrying out the Draconian IBMP, which has needlessly sentenced thousands of wild American bison to death or imprisonment, are considering an essentially meaningless adaption to their management scheme along Yellowstone's western boundary. It is possible that Horse Butte and other lands on the Park's western edge may temporarily be available to an undisclosed number of wild bison, but as yet details are uncertain. What is certain is that these agencies will continue to cave to the pressures of livestock interests and will not consider year-round habitat for bison on Horse Butte, or anywhere in Montana, even though the Butte is 100% cattle free at all times of the year. Like the RTR land "deal" being considered on the Park's north boundary, this potential change in bison management along the western boundary really has no significant long-term, positive impact for wild bison in Montana. Decisions are expected to be made by the agencies next month in Helena, Montana. We will keep you posted as we learn more and as we see how these "adaptions" play out on the landscape.

Keep your letters, emails, and phone calls going to the involved agencies, your members of Congress, and the media to remain a strong voice for wild bison restoration. While you're at it, drop a line to our new President-elect Barak Obama. We are hopeful for positive change from the new administration and with endless pressure, endlessly applied, we will realize the attainable goal of wild, free-living bison on the North American landscape.

Roam Free!
* New Action and Donation Tools Increase BFC's Effectiveness
As a member of this list, you provide a crucial and dependable source of support to Buffalo Field Campaign. Your contributions allow us to keep our focus where it belongs, on our mission of protecting the buffalo. Thank you.

I am writing to let you know that we have teamed up with a different organization to process online donations and will no longer be using the services of Groundspring. We are excited about our collaboration with Democracy in Action who in addition to providing safe and secure processing of donations and purchases are also providing us with a set of web-based tools enabling us to be much more effective in our online advocacy efforts. If you responded to our action alert in this or the last email, then you've already taken advantage of those tools.

Because your support is so critical to our efforts, I want to make sure you have no problems in making donations through Democracy in Action. We have changed all the "donate now" links on our web site so the shift to the new donation server should be seamless for you. If you have book-marked the Groundspring donation link you will have to change that link to the one below. If you are a recurring donor, you should have already received an email from us with detailed instructions on how to transition to the new server.

Please visit our new secure Donate Now page and contribute to our work. Be sure to enter the same email address through which you receive these updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me using the information below. On behalf of everyone at Buffalo Field Campaign I want to thank you for your continued support of our efforts to protect the bison and for your patience as we make this important transition.

For the Wild Bison,
Dan Brister
BFC Project Director
* BFC Wish List
You can help support the function of our campaign to defend the last wild bison by making in-kind donations of various items. Below are some of the items most needed to keep us effective, as please visit our general Wish List as well. Please send monetary or in-kind donations to: Buffalo Field Campaign, P.O. Box 957, West Yellowstone, Montana 59758, or call us at 406-646-0070 for more information on specific needs.

~ Fuel efficient vehicles with 4 wheel drive
~ Mac/Apple computers no older than 2000
~ Six-burner propane stove (see below for details)

Visit our general Wish List for other items that help us make it through seasons on the front lines.

THANK YOU for your support and dedication!
* Call for Volunteers on the Front Lines
Attention friends, family, and supporters of the buffalo! The last wild bison need you to come volunteer your time in the field for the 2008-2009 season. We are starting our field patrols in Gardiner and West Yellowstone for the year and need compatriots of the buffalo, like you. At this time it would be wonderful to have buffalo warriors with a clean driving record for the last three years so we can transport our patrols to and from the front lines. Also for those buffalovers who know their way around a computer, we need you as well. We need buffalo defenders to assemble so we can begin another season of front lines defense on their behalf. Room, board, and gear will be provided; All you need to do is get here. The closest airport to us is in Bozeman, and BFC does weekly town-runs to Bozeman every Wednesday, enabling us to pick you up on that day of the week. There is also a shuttle service every Tuesday and Thursday from Bozeman to West Yellowstone. For more information, please call our volunteer coordinators at (406) 646-0070, or email us at volunteer"at"buffalofieldcampaign.org. Thanks to everyone for their time and support. We look forward to seeing you on the front lines!
* Food and a New Stove Needed for Hungry Volunteers
As the snow starts to fall and the temperatures drop American's last wild buffalo population will again migrate to their winter habitat outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. As the buffalo move into the zones where they can be harassed, shot, and captured, our volunteers will be there to document witness, and take actions on their behalf. In addition to the field work this year volunteers will also be working on organizing demonstrations and supporting legal work to protect the Buffalo. You can help us put more funds into the struggle and our work by donating food, the fuel that keeps our volunteers on the front lines going week after week. Expensive extras that give a smile when we have them include: coffee, good tea, sugar, pasta (all types), Luna bars, Cliff bars, hot chocolate, honey, and maple syrup. Along with food, we are seeking funds to replace our broken propane oven, which we desperately need to efficiently feed the multitudes of volunteers throughout the season. A new stove will cost around $600.00. You can send us a package to BFC, P.O. Box 957, West Yellowstone, MT 59758, or make a tax deductible donation for food.
* Last Words
"The Bush Administration has presided over the largest slaughter of bison since the Great Plains herds were slaughtered nearly to extinction by unscrupulous buffalo hunters in the late 1800s. Even more tragically, the 1,167 killed this year resided in Yellowstone National Park where their survival should have been protected. The Administration's failure to formulate a plan allowing bison to roam freely within and outside Yellowstone National Park and lack of leadership on most ecological issues will likely lead to more bison deaths in the winter of 2008-2009. Bison are a symbol of the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior, both of whom should be ensuring the protection and survival of these animals rather than aiding in their slaughter."
~ U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva,
* Kill Tally
AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2008-2009 Total: 1
2008-2009 Slaughter: 0
2008-2009 Hunt: 0
2008-2009 Quarantine: 0
2008-2009 Shot by Agents: 1
2007-2008 Total: 1,616
Total Since 2000: 3,682*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts

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