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           Weekly Update from the Field March 14, 2013
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Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo: NEW TAKE ACTION!‏
* Update from the Field
* TAKE ACTION! Wild Buffalo Need Your Voice!
* Homeless in Gardiner: BFC Needs New Gardiner Camp!
* Align Your Life with Your Ideals: Come to Work for BFC
* BFC Wish List Feature Item: Snow Plow Vehicle!
* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Discounted to $2.99
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Remembering barb abramo

* Update from the Field

Queen of the grasslands. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.

Since our last Update, 12 more wild buffalo have been killed by treaty hunters on lands north of Yellowstone National Park. Most of these buffalo were killed at Beattie Gulch. With so many gut piles left on this small section of public land, very close to people's homes, there have been real concerns about attracting grizzly bears, who find gut piles delicious after a long, winter nap. Gardiner patrols report that Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks game wardens were seen consolidating the remains for possible removal.

Yellowstone National Park's goal of killing 450 wild buffalo through hunting and/or slaughter this year has been nearly half way met with over 205 wild buffalo killed by hunters this year. Treaty hunting will end March 31st.

On Thursday, Yellowstone again made public their intentions to begin capturing wild buffalo in the Park's Stephens Creek bison trap. BFC contacted Park officials who told us that capture could happen while hunting is taking place, though they prefer hunters to do most of the killing, and hence carry the burden of blame.

If buffalo are captured, they would be sent to slaughter and research facilities. Sixty-three young buffalo are wanted by the USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service for their continued experiments with GonaCon, a chemical pesticide birth control agent. Another 200 wild buffalo would be rounded up for slaughter. Spring could be the saving grace: calving season is less than six weeks away. Yellowstone doesn't want the black eye for slaughtering buffalo heavy with calves. Some areas of Yellowstone are already greening-up, so buffalo are slowly vacating their winter ranges. It's like a macabre race between spring and Yellowstone's killing plans.

BFC's Zeth, Kasi and Ashly participate in a buffalo rally, holding banners with powerful messages. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.

While Yellowstone plans the slaughter of wild buffalo, the Montana Legislature is busy trying to legislate wild buffalo out of Montana, or make their lives miserable. Opposition to these efforts is strong and growing. On Wednesday in Helena, Montana-based Native American leaders lead a powerful rally for the buffalo, sharing cultural and spiritual connections and inspiring people to take action for the gentle giants. After the rally, BFC attended a hearing on SB 341, a bill that would make it costly and difficult to restore predators, large game animals, and endangered species in Montana. There was a single proponent of the bill at the hearing, while nearly twenty opponents spoke out against it, for buffalo and other wildlife. On Wednesday, the Montana newspaper, the Billings Gazette, ran an opinion editorial from Buffalo Field Campaign, which sheds light on harmful bills moving through the Montana legislature.

We have updated and revised information pertaining to Yellowstone's capture and slaughter plans, and the Montana Legislature page. Please read on to learn about the ways you can help wild buffalo right now, and help raise awareness by sharing this email with all of your friends and contacts.

Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
~ Stephany

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

The red in this image - located in what hunters call "the kill zone" - shows Park and Gallatin Counties, Montana, the small portions of southwestern Montana where wild buffalo attempt to live their lives but are met with injustice and intolerance. BFC aims to turn this kill zone into a land of buffalove! Image created by Kasi Craddock. Click image for larger view.

1. Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo!The pressure you've been applying on the Montana legislature is making a difference. Important hearings on some of the bad-for-buffalo bills have been scheduled for next week, and we have updated information on a few bills as well. The Montana Legislature and Governor Steve Bullock need to keep hearing from you! Keep writing, calling and emailing, attend hearings if you can, and keep the pressure on! Your actions matter and they are making a difference! Click on the Take Action button to learn about the hearings and to contact Montana decision-makers.

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

*Yellowstone Park Plans to Kill Hundreds of Buffalo
Copy and paste this link onto your Facebook or other social media page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hrJE2FZTZ6Y

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Buffalo Field Campaign PSA 2/14/13

Montana is a Bad Neighbor to
Yellowstone National Park

* Montana is a Bad Neighbor to Yellowstone National Park
Copy and paste this link onto your Facebook or other social media page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=i7EiMjfnJV4

3. NEW! Contact Yellowstone National Park Opposing their Plans to Capture Wild Buffalo! Yellowstone announced that wild buffalo capture, for transport and slaughter, could begin soon! This alert has been updated, but the message remains the same: Tell Yellowstone to cease plans to capture wild buffalo!

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!

* Homeless in Gardiner: BFC Needs New Gardiner Camp

After years of support from our friends at Yellowstone Raft Company, BFC's Gardiner headquarters is no longer available and we had to evacuate last week. Thanks to the kind-hearted Allie and superb photographer Kim Kaiser (see our calendars), we have a home for the upcoming week. But beyond next week we are homeless in Gardiner. With typical rents of 500-600 dollars per month, this is a significant unplanned expense. More than 400 buffalo are currently occupying the Gardiner Basin and the Park Service is anxious to kill hundreds and send another 63 to USDA-APHIS research facilities for a birth control experiment. If you have a place near Gardiner where 3 BFC volunteers could stay between now and the middle of May or if you could donate money to help us rent a place, BFC could definitely use your help! Call or email me at 406-646-0070 or mease@wildrockies.org

Thanks as always for giving us the honor of protecting our friends, the buffalo.

With the Buffalo,

Mike Mease

* 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 click here.

* BFC Wish List Featured Item: Snow Plow Vehicle

While we still need bikes and bike tools, we had a bit of a vehicle emergency the other day: our plow truck has just quit on us. Warming temperatures have brought heavy, wet snow, which is extremely difficult for our plow truck to move and after years of excellent service, she finally gave out.

Our wish is for a snow removal vehicle: a Bobcat, tractor, or good-running 4WD pick-up truck. Please contact Mike Mease with any questions: 406-646-0070 or mease@wildrockies.org

All donations in-kind and monetary are tax deductible. View other items on BFC's Wish List here.

Thank you so very much for your support!

* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Discounted to $2.99

2013 Wild Bison calendars discounted to just $2.99!

We still have our 2013 calendars but we want to get them to you. To do so, we've dropped the price by ten dollars from $12.99 to $2.99, plus shipping. Order yours today and get one while they last!

*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: 207
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: 176
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: 4,201

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

*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration: Rembering barb abramo

Two years ago yesterday, March 13, 2011, our dear friend and buffalo warrior, barb abramo, left this world. We miss her every single day. This image was created by her good friend Rose ("Rosie" to barb) Patnode. We know barb is always with us, standing with the buffalo and lending her strength and inspiration.

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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