* 2013 Wild Bison Calendars Going Fast - Order Today!
2013 is fast approaching; do you have your Wild Bison calendar yet? Buy some for yourself, your friends, and your family and support Buffalo Field Campaign in the process! ORDER TODAY!
* Update from the Field
We haven't seen any buffalo in Montana since the 31 we reported last week as having been killed by hunters in a matter of days. The few that were not shot quickly walked into Yellowstone, leaving scarcely a trace. BFC patrols remain in the field, seeking signs of the gentle giants.
This week, BFC attended the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) meetings in Bozeman, Montana. These meetings are always frustrating, but it is important that we are there to learn what the agencies and tribes are planning, to speak for the buffalo at every opportunity, and to videotape the proceedings. The agencies lack vision and understanding of the buffalo whose lives -- and deaths -- they dictate. Constrained by livestock industry-driven politics, the discussions and decisions never consider the buffalo's perspective. They have forgotten to listen to the animals.
Maintaining "a wild, free-roaming" population of bison is supposedly one of the two primary goals in the highly controversial Interagency Bison Management Plan. "Wild, free-roaming" is defined as "not routinely handled by humans." A Nez Perce spokesman for the IBMP passionately asked when the IBMP would actually start addressing this goal. The Montana Department of Livestock smugly asserted that this goal is being met. The manipulation, interference and forcible reversal of wild buffalo migrations compounded with capture, slaughter, quarantine and invasive research are stark examples of its failings. Further, seeking to manage a minimum population of the most unique herds of American bison in the country, animals that are ecologically extinct throughout their native range, is disastrous.
The tides are turning. The old excuses are not holding water. While it seems positive change is very slow to come, minds are evolving. We are all making a difference together, for the buffalo. With persistence, resistance and endurance, we are creating a strong, positive future for them.
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
* Give the Gift of Wild Bison
For a minimum donation of $20, you can send a gift of wild bison to the recipient(s) of your choice!
Your family member, friend, or loved-one will receive a "Keep Yellowstone Buffalo Wild and Free" notecard with your personal greeting and signed by members of BFC's current field crew.
They'll also receive a 4"x6" print of Sandy Sisti's stunning snow-encrusted buffalo.
We will hand write your personalized greeting in each card along with the words:
"_______________ has made a generous contribution to Buffalo Field Campaign as a gift in your honor. This contribution will directly fund BFC's field patrols and advocacy work on behalf of America's last wild bison."
When you send a card to the special people in your life you are also funding the work of BFC as we protect and defend America's last wild bison.
Please be sure to fill out the order form completely, including your personal message and the address of the card recipient, in the box below the zip code field.
Orders must be received by Friday, December 14 to ensure delivery before the 25th.
*Autographed Pearl Jam Posters at Auction to Benefit BFC!
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For Pearl Jam fans and BFC supporters alike! Check out these incredible buffalo posters donated by Jeff Ament and signed by the entire band as a benefit to Buffalo Field Campaign. Please visit the link below to place your bid, and share far and wide to help us raise some much-needed funds to support our buffalo-protection work for this coming winter!
PLACE YOUR BID!
Thank You Pearl Jam!!!
* BFC Eco Yurt-Raising Photo Essay
Long-time volunteers Vince Godby and Hays Daniel, inspired by some early structures they made at BFC to house volunteers, went on to start a small business called Shelter Designs. Expert craftsmen, they build beautiful yurts that can be lived in year-round. Thanks to their generosity and commitment to the buffalo we now have a 20 foot diameter, 314 square foot, fully insulated, "eco-yurt" set up at BFC headquarters to house volunteers. A big buffalo thank you to Hays and Vince for traveling long hours to camp this week to help get the new eco-yurt up, and to our other amazing BFC brothers Noah, David, Red, Jeremy and Rain who also put in a lot of hours to help with this awesome project! Here is a photo essay to show you the process:
BFC file photos by Kasi, Don and Stephany. Click each photo for a larger image.
* By the Numbers
The last wild population is currently estimated at fewer than 4,300 individual buffalo. Wild bison are currently ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 31
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Treaty: 1
Treaty Hunts: 30
Shot by Agents:
Killed by Angry Residents:
Total Killed in Previous Years
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,039
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway mortality
* Last Words: Inspiring Quotations
"There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness."
If anyone has submissions for Last Words just send them to us. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you have been sending! Keep them coming!