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           Weekly Update from the Field February 21, 2013
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* SPEAK OUT! Your Actions Are Making a Difference - Keep it Up!‏
* Update from the Field
* TAKE ACTION! Important Ways You Can Help Wild Buffalo Right Now!
* Align Your Life with Your Ideals: Come to Work for BFC
* Buffalo Field Campaign Show Podcast: Episode 3
* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Discounted to $2.99
* BFC Wish List: Video Tripods
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

* Update from the Field

Bull buffalo mourn a comrad shot by a hunter. Buffalo do not flee after a friend is shot, but will run to them, attempting to get them up again, grunting, circling and nudging them. Buffalo have many amazing behaviors that demonstrate that they deeply care for one another. BFC file photo by Kim Acheson. Click photo for larger image.

America's last continuously wild buffalo population numbers fewer than 4,200 individuals. Living in and around Yellowstone, they are under a tremendous amount of pressure that threatens their immediate survival and their long-term evolutionary potential. This season, over 127 wild buffalo have been gunned down by hunters along the border of Yellowstone National Park. While Montana's state hunt is finally over, some treaty hunting will continue through March. Additionally, the Montana legislature is quickly moving forward with a frenzy of devastating bills that would have very real and harmful impacts to these gentle giants. Aggravating matters, Yellowstone National Park continues to hold fast to their plans to senselessly slaughter hundreds of buffalo this year and in years to come. While Yellowstone managers admit that these are the most unique and important buffalo populations in the world, they seek to manage for the smallest numbers possible.

You and I have the power to stop this. Together our actions have made significant differences for wild buffalo. But wild bison remain ecologically extinct, truly endangered without federal listing or protection. We need to keep the pressure on, and turn it up! Everyone who reads these words has the capacity to make a difference. Please read below to learn about the ways you can help wild buffalo right now, and please help raise awareness by sharing this email with all of your friends and contacts.

Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!

* TAKE ACTION! Important Ways You Can Help the Buffalo Right Now

1. Keep Pressure on Montana Decision-Makers.
The pressure you've been applying to the Montana legislature is being felt. Already, one of the bad buffalo bills, HB 312, has died in committee. This bill would have given the Montana Department of Livestock unprecedented powers over migratory elk and other wildlife. Well done! There are still numerous bills being considered by the Montana legislature and these lawmakers and Montana Governor Steve Bullock need to keep hearing from you! Keep writing, calling and emailing, attend hearings if you can, and keep the pressure on! YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!

2. Watch & Share BFC's Public Service Announcement Videos.
BFC recently created two short and powerful public service announcements (PSA) taking Yellowstone National Park and Montana to task for their driving roles in the slaughter of America's last wild bison. The more people who see these PSAs, the better chance the buffalo will have. Please watch the videos, take the actions urged in each, and then share them widely.

TAKE ACTION! Post the video links below directly onto your Facebook and other social media pages or web sites, forward them to all of your friends, encourage them to do the same, and help us get these out to the critical masses!

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Buffalo Field Campaign PSA 2/14/13

Yellowstone Park Plans to Kill
Hundreds of Buffalo

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Buffalo Field Campaign PSA 2/14/13

Montana is a Bad Neighbor to
Yellowstone National Park

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3. Contact Yellowstone National Park Opposing their Plans to Slaughter Wild Buffalo!
The Organic Act of 1916 established the National Park Service and requires the agency "to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Yellowstone National Park's maltreatment of America's last wild buffalo populations runs contrary to the intent of "this most important provision of law." Tell Yellowstone to uphold their legal responsibility to the Organic Act and to cease all plans to harass and slaughter wild bison.

4. Join BFC on the Front Lines! Field volunteers are needed from November through May, with an increased need for volunteers during the spring months. Please consider volunteering with us to bear witness and advocate for wild buffalo! Details and a volunteer application can be found here

5. Make a monetary or in-kind donation to BFC to help keep us strong and effective in the field, the policy arena and in the courts!

* Align Your Life with Your Ideals: Come to Work for BFC

Buffalo Field Campaign is currently accepting applications for our Office Coordinator position. This job, located at BFC headquarters near West Yellowstone, will open in May 2013. Applicants should be well organized, personable, and articulate. Experience with Microsoft Office is a must, as is knowledge of and passion for wild bison and BFC. For a full job description and information on how to apply, please contact Dan.

We also have immediate openings for field volunteers. Between now and June we need people to staff our frontlines patrols. In the summer we'll need education and outreach volunteers to represent BFC and the buffalo to Yellowstone visitors. If you are interested, passionate, and hard-working, please reply to this message. For more information about volunteering with BFC visit this page.

* Buffalo Field Campaign Show Podcast: Episode 3

Episode 3 of The Buffalo Field Campaign podcast is now available! Join Kasi, BFC's awesome office coordinator and long-time buffalo warrior, as she talks with The BFC Show host Kim Acheson about our new Public Service Announcement videos, and so much more!

We will be doing new podcasts throughout the winter. You can listen to individual episodes or subscribe to our feed and stay in the loop on matters affecting the buffalo.

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* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Discounted to $2.99

2013 Wild Bison calendars discounted to just $2.99!

January is gone and we're nearly through February but BFC's 2013 Wild Bison Calendars will be current for another ten months. That leaves you with more than 300 days to celebrate and enjoy Yellowstone buffalo in all their wild beauty. We still have them in stock here in a box in our office but would so much rather have them displayed on your wall for you to enjoy. To further entice you we've just dropped the price by ten dollars from $12.99 to $2.99, plus shipping. Order yours today and get one while they last!

* BFC Wish List: Video Tripods

We are in dire need of quality fluid-head video and photo tripods that we can use in the field to document the bison and their mismanagement. Contact BFC's gear coordinator with any questions about these needs and check our Wish List for other needed items.

The best way you can contribute is to make a monetary donation that we can use for our needs as they arise. Donate today and we will use your contribution where it is most needed to protect the buffalo.

* By the Numbers

The last wild buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,200 individual animals, living in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.

Total Buffalo Killed: 128
Government Capture:
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Government Slaughter:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 25
Treaty Hunts: 97
Unknown Hunts: 5
Shot by Agents:
Highway Mortality: 1

Total Killed in Previous Years
2011-2012: 33
2010-2011: 227
2009-2010: 7
2008-2009: 22
2007-2008: 1,631

Total Killed Since 2000: 4,122

*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths

* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

"But John Youngberg, vice president for government affairs for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, said that because wild bison were exterminated by the time Montana became a state in 1889, landowners have the right to live without them.

'"They got their property with the expectation that there were no buffalo," he said. "And these are not white-tailed deer you're talking about, they're 2,000-pound animals."'

From the New York Times Green Blog, Two Bills Propose Zero Tolerance for Bison, February 1, 2013

Please send us your submissions to Last Words. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you've contributed! Keep them coming!

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