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           Weekly Update from the Field March 21, 2013
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* Update from the Field
* NEW BFC Video! Native Voices Rise: Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo!
* TAKE ACTION! Wild Buffalo Need Your Voice!
* Thank You Gardiner!!
* News Article: FWP Removes Bison Remains in Gardiner Basin
* Buffalo Field Campaign Show Podcast: Episode 5
* Align Your Life with Your Ideals: Come to Work for BFC
* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Discounted to $2.99
* BFC Wish List Feature Items: Snow Plow Vehicle
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

* Update from the Field

What will the future of these young buffalo be? BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.

Forty wild buffalo were killed this week by treaty hunters in the Gardiner Basin, just north of Yellowstone National Park. We are relieved that buffalo hunting will soon end, and calving season will begin, bringing forth precious new life after such a long and difficult winter. Combined, state and treaty buffalo hunting season is six months long. In comparison, Montana hunting seasons for deer and elk last six weeks. No other 'big game' animal is hunted for so long, or so late into the spring, demonstrating that the buffalo hunt is little more than an extermination program embraced by Montana's livestock interests.

Yellowstone has so far held off on capturing wild buffalo only to make them available to hunters. The threat of capture still looms, though, thankfully, the buffalo have so far thwarted Yellowstone's plans. Some tribes continue to hunt, and spring is fast approaching with green-up already taking place in portions of the Park. Wild buffalo are beginning to leave their Gardiner Basin winter range, the danger zones where they may be hunted or captured. Yellowstone has stated that they hesitate to capture wild buffalo so close to calving season, not wanting the public relations nightmare they would invite for slaughtering near-term pregnant buffalo.

America's last wild buffalo are looking to us for help. Make a pledge to boycott beef! BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.

If you are planning to travel through Montana or Yellowstone, we encourage you to make a pledge to not eat beef and to let the businesses know why. Yellowstone restaurants serve Montana beef, and livestock interests must feel pressure from wild buffalo advocates. Park County livestock interests are already appealing the legal decision to allow buffalo greater tolerance in the Gardiner Basin, and the Montana legislature is busy pushing anti-buffalo bills that reek of simple-minded prejudice.

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

* NEW BFC Video! Native Voices Rise: Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo!

Click to watch this brand new video from Buffalo Field Campaign.
Clips are from a Native American-lead buffalo rally held in Helena, Montana, at the capitol, on March 12, 2013.

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Buffalo Field Campaign 3/18/13

Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo
The Native voices speak to save the Buffalo. A rally in Helena on 3/12/13 to Kill the Bills, not the Buffalo.

* 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 we've been applying on the Montana legislature continues to make a big difference. 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!

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.

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!

*Yellowstone Park Plans to Kill Hundreds of Buffalo

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Buffalo Field Campaign PSA 2/14/13

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

* Montana is a Bad Neighbor to Yellowstone National Park

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Buffalo Field Campaign PSA 2/14/13

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!

* Thank You Gardiner!

Yay for our Gardiner friends! BFC file photo by Stephany. Click for larger image.

Buffalo Field Campaign gives big, buffalo thanks to our Gardiner community for so quickly helping us find a new northern boundary camp! Special thanks to Nathan, Scott, Kim from the Silvertip, and Anna from the Tumbleweed. We also want to give thanks to Liza our new headquarters hero! And thank you to the Yellowstone Raft Company for your many years of providing us with a Gardiner base-camp. Thank you all so much!

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

With the Buffalo,

Mike Mease

* News Article: FWP Removes Bison Remains in Gardiner Basin

March 20, 2013
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Removes Bison Remains in Gardiner Basin to mitigate grizzly bear-human conflict.
The article reports that treaty hunting has been "encouraged by Yellowstone." This is generally a good article, though focuses heavily on treaty hunting while other aspects of bison management rarely get coverage outside of the government's or cattle industry's perspective. We encourage the Chronicle and other news media to give equal reporting during Montana's bison hunt and when the state and federal governments are harassing, harming, capturing, slaughtering and transporting wild buffalo to research facilities.

* Buffalo Field Campaign Show Podcast: Episode 5

Episode 5 of The Buffalo Field Campaign podcast is now available! Join Stephany, BFC's media coordinator and long-time buffalo warrior, as she talks with The BFC Show host Kim Acheson about the special mourning behavior of wild buffalo and current needs for taking action. Kim ends this program with a very special interview from barb abramo, our beloved friend and office coordinator who passed away two years ago.

We will be doing new podcasts all year long. 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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Thanks so much for tuning in!

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

This beautiful girl lives where you could be working and living! BFC file photo. Click for larger image.

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.

* 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: 247
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: 216
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: 4,241

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

*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration:

"I appreciate everything you do for the bison. I just [saw] a truck and trailer full of dead bison... I'm really looking forward to getting out of Montana permanently, as I moved here to enjoy the wildlife and it's just not what I expected. It's getting tough to deal with and my spirit is breaking a little more each day. Such a waste of beautiful beings."

~from a message BFC received from a supporter who lives near the Yellowstone boundary

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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