* Update From the Field
On Tuesday October 5 the National Park Service announced that Daniel Wenk will replace Suzanne Lewis as Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park starting in 2011. We are hopeful that this change will bring more bison-friendly policies to Yellowstone. It is difficult to imagine a Superintendent doing more harm to wild bison than Lewis, who directed Park Rangers to kill or send to slaughter more than 2,600 wild bison during her eight year tenure. Wenk, who has a background in landscape architecture, will move to Yellowstone from Washington, DC, where he is currently working as Deputy Director of Operations with the Park Service.
Other changes are afoot as well, with BFC's Fall Roadshow wrapping up in Santa Barbara tonight and volunteers old and new making plans to join us in West Yellowstone for the start of field patrols in mid November. The days are growing shorter and the nights are starting to hint of winter, when buffalo will follow their hearts and hunger from Yellowstone's high country into Montana. This will be BFC's 14th season in the field, monitoring the migration, protecting the bison, and sharing their story with the world. The arrival of winter always feels like both a blessing and a curse, as they joys of having buffalo back on the landscape are tempered by the knowledge of the fate that awaits them in Montana. While field patrols will always play a central role in the work of Buffalo Field Campaign, we will continue to put a great deal of energy into grassroots, advocacy, organizing, and policy work.
As you read in last week's Update, our legal team continues to do everything in our power to change the policies and hold the Park Service, Forest Service, and State of Montana accountable to their own laws. BFC will spend time in both Helena and Washington, DC this winter to advocate for bison protection. As always, we will keep you up-to-date on every action against the buffalo and let you know when letters, public comments, and other actions are needed.
Wanting deeper involvement? Volunteer in the field this winter at BFC headquarters near West Yellowstone Montana. Volunteers are needed November 15 to June 1.
Thank you for keeping us strong with your support. We are in this together and there would be no BFC without you.
For the Buffalo,
Buffalo Field Campaign
* BFC West Coast Road Show Wrapping Up Tonight
Mike Mease, joined by musical guest Phoenix After Buffalo, will wrap up BFC's West Coast roadshow tonight with a presentation in Santa Barbara, CA. Please check our Road Show Schedule for event details and thank you for your support!
Did you attend a Road Show event and have a review or story you'd like to share? If so, please email Stephany. We'd love to hear your feedback!
* 2011 Wild Bison Calendars
Get 'em while they last. Celebrate wild bison all year with this breathtaking calendar featuring the photos of BFC supporters and volunteers.
Order your Wild Bison 2011 Calendar today.
* Last Words ~ "...our wildlife will be treated like cattle..."
Do not allow the livestock industry to have control of our nation's wildlife, because our wildlife will be treated like cattle, as is the case with buffalo right now. It is our duty as American citizens and those who earn their livings providing visitors with Yellowstone memories to support the buffalo. It is unconscionable and hypocritical to hear of those who favor and participate in the slaughter of buffalo and at the same time take millions of dollars from visitors.
~ Yellowstone National Park Ranger Tom Mazzarisi
* By the Numbers
AMERICAN BUFFALO ELIMINATED from the last wild population in the U.S.
2009-2010 Total: 7
2009-2010 Slaughter: 0
2009-2010 Hunt: 4
2009-2010 Quarantine: 0
2009-2010 Shot by Agents: 3*
2009-2010 Highway Mortality: 0
*Two bulls that were drugged by APHIS on 5/4/10 were shot by DOL
later that evening. One was shot by DOL on 7/13/10 for trying to free his imprisoned relatives at the Corwin Springs quarantine facility.
2008-2009 Total: 22
2007-2008 Total: 1,631
Total Since 2000: 3,709*
*includes lethal government action, quarantine, hunts, highway mortality