Update from the Field
Young bull looks up at those admiring him. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click here for larger image.
Now that government livestock agents are finally back to managing livestock and, for the moment, leaving wild buffalo alone, Buffalo Field Campaign shifts our focus to outreach, sharing the buffalo's story with everyone we meet. As part of our outreach efforts, BFC volunteers continue to host an information table inside Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. We are there to let people know how millions of U.S. tax dollars are being wasted every year by Yellowstone and Montana to harm and kill the American buffalo, iconic creatures so celebrated throughout the world. People who come to the Yellowstone ecosystem from across the nation and around the globe will have a chance to meet with BFC and learn how they can help the buffalo. We can always use more people, so if you have an interest in helping BFC with this effort, please contact us.
Buffalo Field Campaign was grateful to recently host a group of teachers and professors here in West Yellowstone. Led by John Conant, Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at Indiana State University, the educators are here visiting with local people including BFC to talk about America's last wild buffalo. We are encouraged by their visit knowing that they will share what they learn with their students and others.
You can help spread the word to save these herds no matter where you are. Our most recent newsletter is hot off the press, and you should soon receive your copy in the mail. You can also request multiple copies of BFC's newsletter to share with friends and distribute throughout your community, which is a great way to help share the buffalo's story and the work of BFC.
Buffalo Field Campaign is everyone, everywhere who cares about the last wild buffalo. Thank you for being with us and helping spread the word to save these herds!
Wild Bison 2011 Calendars Are Going Fast!
Have you ordered your Wild Bison 2011 calendar yet? Be sure to get yours while we still have some left! These calendars are perfect for your home or office and also make wonderful gifts. They are a spectacular salutation to the Yellowstone area buffalo, America's last wild population, teeming with powerful and endearing photos, passionate quotes, beautiful artwork, information about buffalo, and all content was provided by BFC supporters and volunteers. These calendars will help remind us to celebrate wild buffalo every single day of the year! If you know of any stores in your area that would like to carry them, or if you would like to distribute calendars in your community, please contact Mike Mease for more info. Get them before they are gone! Order yours today!
Actions You Can Take for the Buffalo
Curious - and very cute - buffalo calf stops to check out who's looking at him. BFC file photo by Stephany.
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Below are two important actions you can take today that will benefit wild buffalo in the immediate future, and for buffalo generations to come. Thank you for being a voice for wild buffalo and the lands that are their birthright!
1. Tell Yellowstone: Do Not Vaccinate Wild Buffalo, Buy-Out Cattle Instead! Yellowstone National Park would like to shoot wild buffalo with a brucellosis vaccine intended for cattle, and unsafe for buffalo. The vaccine is ineffective, costly, harmful, intrusive and culturally unacceptable. Advocates for wild buffalo can help by submitting comments to Yellowstone, which are being accepted through July 26. Please tell the Park you do not approve of vaccinating wild buffalo, and instead, request Yellowstone to develop an alternative to buy-out cattle in the buffalo's immediate habitat areas of the Yellowstone, Madison and Gallatin river valleys. Take action today!
2. Support Public Lands Grazing Reform Legislation! Legislation could soon be enacted that would encourage ranchers who graze livestock on public lands - important habitat for buffalo and other wildlife - to retire their federal grazing allotments in return for federally funded compensation. Please help benefit this proposal's chance by making two quick phone calls to Congressman Jim Moran (VA-8) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (pronounced Gri-hal'-va) (AZ-7):
* Please phone Congressman Grijalva at 202-225-2435. In speaking with the receptionist, identify yourself and your location. Thank the congressman for his previous support of legislation that would compensate a rancher who voluntarily retired his federal grazing allotment. Then urge him to work with Congressman Jim Moran to enact the current retirement proposal through the appropriations process.
* Then phone Congressman Jim Moran at 202-225-4376. In speaking with the receptionist, identify yourself and your location. Thank the congressman for taking the lead in moving forward with the voluntary grazing retirement legislation and encourage him to continue this effort.
For more information about this important effort please review this fact sheet about the harmful impacts of ranching on western public lands. Many thanks to Mike Hudak and the Sierra Club's Grazing Team for their work to benefit wildlife and wild lands by making America's public lands cattle-free!
" ... My buffalo stopped eating and raised its massive head just like I asked, then took one step forward. I stopped hopping and wet my pants. I looked back at the car down the hill and back at the buffalo who took another step forward. I hopped back a hop, and again looked longingly at the safety of all that steel and glass and rubber, then back at Buffalo Bill who probably thought I'm the one who slaughtered his extended family two winters ago. It didn't take much to figure out I was a lot closer to this even-toed ungulate than the car and calculated I had about 2.7 seconds of life remaining in this cholesterol-clogged body once he charged, crushed me into the ground and poked holes in me with those pointy things growing out of the side of his thick skull..."
~John Treadwell Dunbar. From his article Yellowstone National Park that appeared in the Canada Free Press on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Read the full story, which also mentions BFC and the current plight of the buffalo.
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!
AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 6
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 4
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 2*
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
*Two bulls that were drugged by APHIS on 5/4/10 were shot by DOL
later that evening.
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,708*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality