* Urgent Action Needed Now!
A wild buffalo cow walks alone in the Gardiner Basin, seeking to join friends below. BFC file photo. Click photo for larger image.
Dear Friends of the Buffalo,
This week we have an urgent call to action for your help in protecting America's last wild buffalo. More than 660 wild American buffalo are now held in traps by the National Park Service. They urgently need your help.
First, buffalo need you to contact Members of Congress requesting that they co-sign a letter to National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis encouraging Yellowstone National Park to find habitats for wild buffalo to roam. Take Action Now!
Second, several bills that would cause great harm to wild bison and bison restoration efforts in Montana have moved through the Montana Legislature. Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer has hinted that he may veto these bad bills. Americans everywhere should contact Governor Schweitzer asking him to veto HB 318, SB 174, SB 184, and SB 212. Take Action Now!
Your consistent pressure applied to decision-makers on behalf of America's last wild buffalo is really making a positive difference. It is critical that we keep the pressure on! Thank you for taking action to protect the buffalo and their descendants, and for honoring them as a valued wildlife species with a birthright to freely roam Montana and elsewhere.
Buffalo Field Campaign
* Send a Mother's Day Card to Help the Buffalo
Buffalo Field Campaign is happy to announce the return of our immensely popular Mother's Day card fundraiser. With the recent passing of barb abramo, BFC's Office Coordinator and one of two women who gave incredible amounts of time, energy, and passion to make this project possible, we weren't sure if we would be able to offer cards this year. But when Kathleen Stachowski--the artist whose vision and dedication gave rise to this popular fundraiser--told us that she wanted to make a special card this year, we knew that it would be the perfect way to honor barb's memory.
For just $15 Buffalo Field Campaign will send one of these beautifully designed and hand-colored cards to the recipient of your choice. Please use this link to view and order cards and remember that the deadline for ordering is Monday, April 25. We will send the cards to arrive by Mother's Day, May 8.
* Contacting APHIS for Bull Buffalo
Thank you all for contacting APHIS and MTFWP about their unsavory and unnecessary bull bison study. Your messages are making an impact. In fact, we've been getting calls from APHIS asking us to back off a bit. Good work! Apparently, Becky Frey, the APHIS scientist who is actively molesting bull buffalo, has put in some complaints, claiming that some of the messages she's receiving contain "threatening" language. Some of you may have even received responses from special agents with the Office of the Inspector General, complete with warnings. We've also been sent a few examples, and have been hard pressed to find anything that would qualify as "threatening." APHIS seems to believe they are above public reproach, and are forgetting that as a federal agency they are accountable to the people and that the actions they take are absolutely up for public scrutiny. We encourage you to keep writing APHIS, and would never condone any type of censorship. Nor would Buffalo Field Campaign ever encourage violent or threatening language of any type. The bull buffalo are the ones being threatened by the APHIS study. They are the ones that need protection from harm.
APHIS did come to West Yellowstone last week, looking for bulls to molest. But it seems that weather has been working in the buffalo's favor. APHIS was unable to travel the landscape successfully and we've not seen them around in a number of days. It is also possible that your letters are making it uncomfortable for APHIS to swarm into our backyard with the intent of harming bull buffalo.
Keep the pressure on!
Watch BFC's video
Contact FWP's Wildlife Chief Ken McDonald and urge him to revoke APHIS's permit
Contact Becky Frey, APHIS, and tell her she is not welcome to molest bulls buffalo on our public lands or anywhere else!
Don't let any more bull buffalo become needless victims of APHIS's experimental study! BFC file photo by Cindee. Click photo for larger image.
* Buffalo in the News
Obituary: barb abramo
West Yellowstone News
Buffalo Field Campaign: On-the-ground Activism
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
LETTER: Step Up to Save America's Wild Bison
LETTER: Buffalo Important Part of Our Heritage
Agreement to let Yellowstone bison roam in southern Montana, where hunting would increase
Associated Press, The Canadian Press
* By the Numbers
AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S. The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 3,700 individual buffalo.
2010-2011 Total: 221
2010-2011 Government Capture: 659
2010-2011 Government Slaughter:
2010-2011 Died In Government Trap: 3
2010-2011 Miscarriage in Government Trap: 1
2010-2011 State & Treaty Hunts: 211
2010-2011 Quarantine: 0
2010-2011 Shot by Agents: 2
2010-2011 Highway Mortality: 5
2009-2010 Total: 7
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
* Total Since 2000: 3,932*
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality
* Last Words
"Not all who wander are lost."
Do you have submissions for Last Words? Send them to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes, and stories you have been sending; you'll see them here!