* Update from the Field
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks has decided to turn over all 88 quarantined Yellowstone buffalo to the private game farm of billionaire Ted Turner. According to the details of the deal hatched in private between the media mogul and MT Governor Brian Schweitzer, Turner will get to keep 75% of the buffalo's offspring for his commercial gains. Montana has just set a dangerous precedent of domesticating and privatizing public wildlife, removing them from the public domain, and abandoning them to for-profit commercial interests.
Read BFC's press release.
Read FWP's decison notice.
Please take a moment to contact the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and let them know you do not support these plans to privatize 88 members of the Yellowstone bison population by sending them to media tycoon Ted Turner's Flying D Ranch and giving the billionaire 75 percent of their offspring.
David Risley, Fish and Wildlife Division Administrator
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
1420 E. 6th Ave., P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT 59620-0701
(406) 444-9817 phone
* BFC's Mike Mease to Give Multi-media Presentations in Eugene, OR
BFC Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease will be traveling to Eugene, OR for the 2010 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference later this month. He will be joined by musicians Good Shield & 7th Generation Rise and Phoenix & After Buffalo for two very special presentations. If you live in the area, please come out and support these shows:
"A Night for the Buffalo"
Presentation by Mike Mease
with Andrew Rodman as MC
Thursday February 25th, 9:00 p.m.
Sam Bond's Garage
407 Blair Boulevard
Good Shield &
7th Generation Rise;
Mike will also be leading a panel at the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference:
"Bring Back the Buffalo"
Saturday, February 27
3:45 - 5:00 pm.
University of Oregon
Contact Mike at: mease"at"wildrockies.org for more information.
* BFC Board Member and Volunteers Join Haitian Relief Crew
BFC board member Roman Sanchez and volunteers Trenton and Aaron left Tuesday on a two-week trip to Haiti with a select team of street medics. As of this writing they are somewhere on the long road between Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and Saint-Marc, Haiti, where they plan on spending the next couple weeks volunteering at a field hospital. Please keep these three brave and caring men in your thoughts as they and thier crew engage in this important work.
* Last Words
Even the National Park Service (NPS) and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) are not immune from the livestock industry's influence. For instance, a joint federal/state plan for management of the Yellowstone National Park (YNP) bison herd-the only naturally occurring, (ostensibly) free-ranging bison herd in the United States-seems designed primarily to assuage cattle producers outside the park. This is so despite congressional mandates to "conserve . . . wildlife" in the parks and "provide against . . . their capture or destruction." Bison that cross YNP's northern border are treated like livestock, not wild animals."
--Deborah Donahue, from: WESTERN GRAZING: THE CAPTURE OF GRASS, GROUND, AND GOVERNMENT
Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org. Thank you all for the poems, songs and stories you have been sending; you'll see them here!
* Kill Tally
AMERICAN BISON ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 1
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 1
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 0
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,703*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortalities