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           Weekly Update from the Field June 20, 2013
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Update from the Field
* Update from the Field with Poem and New Video
* NEW Take Action Alerts! Raise Your Voice for Wild Buffalo!
* Visit BFC's Free Buffalo Museum!
* 2014 Wild Bison Calendars are Here!
* 2013 Newsletters: Contact Us to Help Spread the Word!
* Volunteers Wanted!
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

*Update from the Field

As we enter the Summer Solstice, America's last wild buffalo continue to be assaulted by the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL). There are, however, three mama buffalo and their calves, along with a bull, that have so far dodged every attempt the DOL has made against them. As of this writing, they remain on the buffalo-friendly property of the Galanis family, on Horse Butte. Other groups of buffalo have not been so lucky, as the poem and new BFC video below so poignantly demonstrate. After experiencing these words and images, you will want to do something about it -- and there are three new take action items below.

Nature on the Yellowstone Plateau

June and buffalo fur clings to sagebrush shedding light on their presence as the earth spins near the long day and grass knee high.

The DOL rides toward a group of bedding buffalo I see through the unfocused lens of a camera.

Like sand stirred up from the bottom of a clear lake
buffalo rise and turn

Whizzing cars by the tourists arrive "hey a buffalo drive" riders behind
it's nature on the Yellowstone plateau

Tails up and running Buffalo grunting
we follow and film as emotions climb

A little red one limping, mayhem surrounding, gets left
in the willows on Duck Creek

Agents yell, "get back! get back!" as the buffalo scatter
lost calf and lost mother
i surely couldn't capture this nature on the Yellowstone plateau

~ Noah Richards

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Buffalo Field Campaign 6/18/13

Wild Yellowstone Buffalo
Harassment Continues in June 2013

Harassment of wild buffalo continues on the Yellowstone border and in Montana. The impacts of this taxpayer funded buffalo assault are shown in the video as yet another buffalo mom is separated from her calf. Although she searches for her calf for hours, they never reunite. The result is certain death for the calf.

Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!

* NEW Take Action Alerts! Raise Your Voice for Wild Buffalo!

Below are important actions you can take to help America's last wild buffalo:

1. Tell Congress to protect our last wild buffalo!

2. NEW! Urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to change federal policy and protect the buffalo

3. NEW! Urge Montan's Governor Steve Bullock to champion wild, migratory bison

4. VOTE FOR BUFFALO WITH YOUR DOLLARS! Do you live in Montana or planning to visit the state or Yellowstone National Park? If so, please refuse to purchase beef and let the businesses know why!

* Visit BFC's Free Buffalo Museum!

BFC's Free Buffalo Museum is now OPEN! We are located just outside Yellowstone National Park's west entrance, in the town of West Yellowstone, at 128 Firehole #2. The museum provides visitors with an incredible buffalo journey through their storied history and amazing natural lives to their current plight and the efforts of the people standing in their defense. The museum showcases photos, artwork, images, and video, as well as buffalo items you can touch, plus BFC merchandise. Please visit us or call for more information: 406-646-6445. BFC's Free Buffalo Museum is open daily from noon until 8pm.

You can help make this museum the best it can be! We are looking for a few items to showcase, items of cultural and practical significance such as (but not limited to):
>> War shields made of buffalo hump
>> Buffalo hide paintings
>> Buffalo horn spoon
>> Buffalo jawbone war club

If you have any related items that you'd be willing to allow us to showcase in our Free Buffalo Museum, please contact Mike Mease at mease@wildrockies.org or 406-646-0070. Thanks and see you there!

* 2014 Wild Bison Calendars are Here!

We are thrilled to announce that our 2014 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendars are now available! This is the fourth year we've had the honor of working with a variety of buffalo advocates through their photographs, art, and words, to bring together a wonderful calendar that educates, inspires, and truly celebrates wild buffalo 365 days a year! Familiar and new artists and photographers are featured this year, and their fantastic work demonstrates their deep love of these gentle giants, and it is clear that the buffalo have touched their very souls. These calendars are great for your home or office, and make really fantastic gifts.


* 2013 Newsletters: Contact Us to Help Spread the Word!

Our annual print newsletter will soon be in the mail! Loaded with updates, images, and actions you can take to help the buffalo, BFC's newsletter has something in it for everyone, whether you are new to the issue, or a seasoned wild buffalo advocate. If your address has changed, if you would like to be added to our mailing list, and if you would like us to send you a stack of newsletters to distribute in your community, please contact our office coordinator, Rain, with your mailing address at buffalo@wildrockies.org or 406-646-0070.

* Volunteers Wanted!

We have immediate openings summer volunteers who can help us conduct outreach and education, representing BFC and the buffalo to Yellowstone visitors in our new Free Buffalo Museum in West Yellowstone. If you are interested, passionate, and hard-working, please email our Volunteer Coordinator.

For more information about volunteering with BFC visit this page.

*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 ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.

Total Buffalo Killed: 261
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
Shot by Agents: 3
Highway Mortality: 7
Cause of Death Unknown: 3

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: 4,256

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

*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration

"The shaggy-headed, swaggering bulls, the trim cows, the satyr-horned, curious yearlings and the gangly, spunky calves, all, as they find their way in the life of the herd, speak to me of a wilder time, a time less measured by human profit and productivity."

~ Douglas Gruenau, from the book Bison: Distant Thunder

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

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