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           Weekly Update from the Field April 11, 2013
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Please Urge Governor Bullock to Veto Anti-Buffalo Legislation
* Call to Action: Urge Governor Bullock to Veto Bad Bison Bills!
* Update from the Field
* NEW BFC Video: Buffalo Families
* Volunteers Wanted!
* Two Years Later, Still No Charges in Park County Buffalo Killing
* BFC Wish List Feature Items: Bikes & Bike Tools
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration


* URGENT & EASY ACTION! Urge Governor Bullock to Veto Bad Bison Bills!

We are placing this Take Action first because it is so critical. As you have requested, it is also super easy!

Kill the Bills, Not the Buffalo! Montana legislators have done some damage, passing five of the more than a dozen anti-buffalo bills introduced this session. You've helped defeat the rest of the harmful bills but Montana Governor Steve Bullock is the last line of defense against these final five. Contact him today and urge him to prevent these bills from becoming law.

Here is Governor Bullock's veto power status.

Here is updated info on the legislation, including Tribal resolutions strongly opposed to these anti-buffalo bills.

Please visit our Take Action page for other actions you can take. Thank you!

* Update from the Field


A mother bison and her yearling walk along the highway, as they must, to reach the habitat that they need. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.

We were hopeful that all treaty hunting had ended, given, among other reasons, that the buffalo's calving season will begin in just a few days. Sadly, a hunter from the Shoshone-Bannock tribe mistook a pregnant cow for a bull and shot her.

Additionally, another pregnant female and her yearling were hit by a vehicle while their family group was walking along highway 287. It was heartbreaking, because patrols were changing our road signs to keep up with the buffalo when a car came speeding over the hill and killed them. It's not uncommon for drivers to ignore the permanent "Bison on Road" signs and the 55 mile per hour speed limit.


This is an awesome example of Safe Passage infrastructer -- a bridge for wildlife to cross the highway. This is located in northwest Montana, along Highway 93, on the Flathead Indian Reservation of the Confederated Salish-Kootenai tribes. BFC file photo by Peter. Click photo for larger image.

This Spring we'll be calling on supporters of bison and all wildlife to help bring safe highway crossing infrastructure to the Hebgen Basin. Thanks to everyone who has already contacted Governor Bullock. Until these wildlife crossings are put into place, BFC will be out day and night, doing our best to warn motorists that bison are present and near the roads. Our hearts go out to the volunteers who were on that night patrol, and other recent patrols when buffalo were hit. It is an acutely painful experience.

We are doing all we can with the volunteers and resources we have. We'll never know how many lives--buffalo and motorist, our road patrols have saved, but we can't prevent every accident. Safe passages, like underpasses and overpasses, are the only thing that can permanently stop these tragic collisions.

Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
~ Stephany

* NEW BFC Video: Buffalo Families

Meet some of Buffalo Field Campaigns amazing buffalo family: volunteers Sharla and her son Indigo! Thank you both so very much for everything you give to the buffalo!

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Buffalo Field Campaign 4/11/13

Buffalo Families
Volunteer Sharla and Indigo Laurin tell their story about coming and being at the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC). The interview in the middle of Horse Butte housing area shows how Buffalo live together with local residents. Also how important Family is to both the Buffalo and BFC.



* Volunteers Wanted!

We have immediate openings for field volunteers. Between now and June we need volunteers for our front-lines 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 email our Volunteer Coordinator. For more information about volunteering with BFC visit this page.

* Two Years Later, Still No Charges in Park County Buffalo Killing

Those of you who have been supporters for a while may remember the winter of 2011, when four bull bison were shot more than 44 times with a .22 caliber rifle by a resident of Gardiner. Two buffalo were killed. Game wardens with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks cited the man and turned the case over to the Park County Attorney for prosecution. More than two years later Park County has not filed charges for this cruel and cowardly act.

Yet in that time the county has expended tremendous resources through a failed lawsuit to prevent wild bison from accessing habitat in the Gardiner basin. After having their case thrown out of the lower court, Park County has appealed to the Montana Supreme Court. The message from the county is clear: "We won't tolerate wild buffalo and we support the rights of our citizens to break the law and kill them by whatever means." The facts of the incident are well known and prosecutor could bring any number of charges including poaching, hunting outside of a hunting season, hunting without a license, and wasting game meat.

Please call Park County Attorney Brett D. Linneweber and urge him to prosecute the individuals responsible for the illegal and inhumane killing of the two bull bison in Gardiner in 2011. His number is 406-222-4150.

With the Buffalo,
Peet

* BFC Wish List Featured Item: Binos & Spotting Scopes

When we head out the door in the morning, there are a few vital pieces of gear that we always take with us. One of those vital pieces of gear is a pair of binoculars. Our current collection of binoculars is in need of refreshing, as many of the pairs we have are in rough shape. Good binos are critical for gathering the information we need from a distance. We are asking for outdoor optics, waterproof and multi-coated. Some suggested types include compact and full-size high-resolution binoculars, water- and fog-proof, 7-10x 35-70mm magnification.

Alpen Optics has generously offered to give us 60% off on four pairs of binoculars or spotting scopes. Help us take advantage of this great opportunity. Please donate now and write "optics" in the "additional information" box. If you'd rather send a check, please mail to Buffalo Field Campaign, PO Box 957, West Yellowstone, MT 59758. All donations are tax deductible. Please contact our gear coordinator with any questions.

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

Thanks for your support!

Alex
Gear Coordinator

* 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.

2012-2013
Total Buffalo Killed: 255
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: 218
Unknown Hunts: 5
Quarantine:
Shot by Agents:
Highway Mortality: 6

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: 4,249

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

*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

"If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it."

~ President Lyndon B. Johnson, on the signing of the Wilderness Act of 1964

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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