* Update from the Field - Some Hunting Ends in Hebgen Basin
BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
The unfortunate incident we reported on last week is currently under investigation by the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe (CSKT). BFC's call to authorities initiated prompt action by tribal game wardens, and the hunter, charged with violating tribal law, has been issued multiple citations, including illegal taking and wasting buffalo meat. Tribal officials say that there is a high chance that the hunter will be prosecuted.
On New Year's Eve, the CSKT Tribal Council also made a decision to close bison hunting in the Hebgen Basin, along Yellowstone's western boundary, effective today for the remainder of their hunting season, though the decision may be reversed at a later time. The move was made based mainly on satisfactory harvest numbers, but also over concerns surrounding the incident reported above. BFC greatly respects the tribe's decision to close hunting here, as well as how tribal officials have responded to last week's unlawful hunting.
Over the weekend and on New Year's Eve, 21 wild buffalo were killed by tribal and state hunters. The remaining buffalo have left their winter range in Montana to seek shelter inside the park where they cannot be hunted.
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
* TAKE ACTION! Stop Yellowstone's Bison Slaughter Before it Starts!
State, federal, and tribal governments -- including Yellowstone National Park --are aiming to kill hundreds of wild buffalo this winter through hunting, slaughter, or both. The agencies state that they want to "even the sex ratio" and have placed a heavy target on female buffalo, wanting to kill at least 400.
Yellowstone National Park states that a "skewed sex ratio" has resulted from years of capture and slaughter operations, which have removed more bulls than cows from the population. In other words the government is saying they will slaughter more buffalo to mitigate the impact of having slaughtered so many buffalo.
to stop Yellowstone's plans to slaughter before it starts!
to help BFC prevent the slaughter of these 400 buffalo Mammas.
* NEWS: Freedom of Information Act Settlement Reached
Buffalo Field Campaign and the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service ("APHIS") reached a settlement obligating the federal agency to undertake sweeping changes in how it processes and responds to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests from citizens nationwide. BFC had submitted many public information requests to shed light on APHIS's involvement in projects harmful to wild bison, but the agency improperly withheld government documents and repeatedly delayed public disclosure of documents.
Read the full press release and review the documents.
* Luxury Vacation to Benefit Buffalo Field Campaign
Escape winter in style and protect America's last wild bison while you do so.
A very generous supporter has donated a week's stay at the luxurious Hacienda del Mar Resort in Los Cabos Mexico as a special fundraiser for BFC. This penthouse suite is available February 4-11, 2013.
For more details and to view and bid on the live auction, please click here.
Please share this link with anyone who might be interested.
* Other Ways to Support Buffalo Field Campaign
Ring in the New Year with BFC's unique Wild Bison calendars! ORDER TODAY!
Drive the message home: Montana, let buffalo roam! Official plates are available for Montana residents, and anyone can order a sample plate. More information here!
Show your support for wild buffalo and BFC with our fun assortment of meaningful, practical merchandise!
GRANT A BFC WISH Check out our 2012-2013 field season Wish List. In kind donations are tax deductible.
* By the Numbers
The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 4,300 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 58
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 2
Treaty Hunts: 55
Shot by Agents:
Highway Mortality: 1
Total Killed in Previous Years
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,064
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway mortality
* Last Words
Happy New Year and THANK YOU to everyone who makes Buffalo Field Campaign possible!
If anyone has submissions for Last Words just send them to us. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!