"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man." ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
* Update from the Field
A bison calf rockets out of the way of two sparring bulls. Photo by Sandy Sisti, a highly talented photographer featured in BFC's 2015 Wild Bison Calendar. Click image for larger view.
America's last wild buffalo are currently enjoying a respite from abuse by government hazers. Family groups, solitary bulls and bull groups are getting together in bigger herds as the season of the bison rut begins to approach. Yellowstone's Hayden and Lamar Valleys will soon roar with the intense bellowing of massive bulls, who make a fantastic display of their awesome power as they challenge each other to determine who will win the right to ask favor from females. A male must prove that he is worthy, for she will not take just any interested bull. As summer flows, most bison calves are starting to turn from their reddish-orange baby color to the chocolately brown and black they will don for the rest of their lives.
While Yellowstone is not ideal habitat for plains bison, high summer in Yellowstone Country is an easy time, a time to enjoy the good life. A time of plenty, and a time of peace; a time for reuniting, and a time to ensure that the buffalo nation will carry on. It is a time when wild buffalo can be buffalo without much threat of human interference or government plans.
During these quieter times, BFC focuses on outreach, sharing the stories that we have lived with the buffalo, sharing their current plight and empowering people to take action on their behalf. Summer volunteers are working every day to talk with visitors to Yellowstone National Park, tabling at festivals and farmer's markets, and very soon we will announce our West Coast Road Show schedule. We hope to see you along the way! You can also participate in this important outreach by requesting a stack of our newsletters to help spread the word. See below for details on the many ways you can assist.
WILD IS THE WAY ~ ROAM FREE!
* They're Here! 2015 Wild Bison Calendars & BFC's Annual Newsletter!
Click the image to order your 2015 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar now!
We are very pleased to announce that BFC's 2015 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar is now available! As you have come to expect, this 2015 Wild Bison calendar is a joyous celebration of this awesome animal, with breathtaking photos, interesting facts, inspirational quotes and poetry, and beautiful artwork. We are thrilled to bring you more photos from some of the best photographers both familiar and new, including the incredible images you have come to love from Sandy Sisti, Pam Talasco, Ric Kessler and for the first time, largely featuring the fantastic photographs of Tom Mangelsen. Celebrate the Wild Buffalo of Yellowstone Country 365 days a year!
ORDER YOUR 2015 Calendar NOW!
Contact Tara to get stacks for distribution ~ help spread the word to save these herds!
Hot off the press! BFC's annual newsletter is now available. If you are on our postal mail list, you should be receiving your copy in the next couple weeks. If your address has changed recently, please let us know. BFC's annual newsletter is a terrific tool for outreach, containing a recap of the issue, news from the field season, accomplishments and challenges ahead, and take action items that allow you to be a strong voice for America's last wild buffalo. BFC newsletters provide a great way to introduce folks you know to the buffalo issue. We have scores of thousands of newsletters available and are happy to send you as many as you can place in and around your communities. Request a stack for coffee shops, libraries, community boards, special events, bookstores, friends, family and more.
Please contact BFC's office coordinator, Tara, at email@example.com to get your copies today.
*Sign Petition Requesting National Academy of Sciences Review Brucellosis
Help protect our wild bison and elk from politics and special interest slaughter. Please request the National Academy of Sciences conduct a review of wildlife brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area.
Click HERE to sign the petition now! We need 3,500 more signatures -- please share!
Many thanks to Kathryn QannaYahu of Enhancing Montana's Wildlife & Habitat for creating this petition!
* TAKE ACTION! Keep the Pressure on Montana's Governor
Don't let the state of Montana hold America's last wild buffalo hostage in Yellowstone! It is critical that everyone who cares about wild buffalo contact Montana Governor Steve Bullock and urge him to change the status quo of hazing, capture, and slaughter. Tell him to end Montana's intolerance, stop the livestock industry from hijacking the public process, and to champion the world's most important bison herds, the Yellowstone population.
Even if you've already contacted him, please do so now! Please also be sure to include a thank you for his new directive that forbids the Montana Department tof Livestock from hazing buffalo off of private property without permission from the property owners.
Click to take action now!
* This Summer Keep it Wild with the Buffalo & BFC!
BFC volunteer and summer coordinator, Comfrey, enjoying an awesome moment with the buffalo on the northwest Madison bluffs. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click for larger image.
We're excited to announce that we're gearing up for our Summer program (June 1st until Labor Day weekend) and have started accepting volunteer applications. This summer we'll be doing a variety of community and public outreach including tabling at our new Free Buffalo Information Center located inside the Buffalo Spirit Trading Post in the town of West Yellowstone, camping and tabling inside Yellowstone National Park, and attending festivals in the area with our giant inflatable buffaloon and spreading the word about the herds. If you're interested in coming out for the summer we ask for at least a two week commitment. If you have any questions or would like to apply feel free to give us a call at 406-646-0070 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
* BFC Wish List: Pavillion and Tents Needed!
We have updated our Wish List with a couple of items that will help us in our summer outreach and tabling programs:
-- an easy-up pavilion
-- four-season camping tents, 2-4 person
-- a quiet gas-powered generator
If you are able to help with these Wish List items, please email Mike Mease, or Pat and Comfrey, our Summer Volunteer Coordinators.
Review BFC's complete Wish List. All in-kind and monetary donations are tax deductible.
*By the Numbers
The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,000 individual animals, living in and around Yellowstone National Park. Wild, migratory bison are ecologically extinct throughout their native range in North America.
Total Buffalo Killed: 652
Government Capture: 359
Buffalo Released from Capture: 41
Tribal - ITBC Slaughter: 157
Tribal - CSKT Slaughter: 101
Tribal - Nez Perce Slaughter: 0
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**: 1
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 31
Treaty Hunts: 291
Poached in Yellowstone: 3
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility: 60
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner: 1
Highway Mortality: 8
Cause of Death Unknown:
Total Killed in Previous Years*
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,890
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths
**bison stolen from the wild and placed in APHIS research facilities (such as for GonaCon) have already been counted as being "eliminated from the population" so bison that have died in a government research facility are not reflected in the total.
*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration
May the last words spoken
Be words of peace,
Kindness and compassion,
A sweet release.
For all god's creatures
In all lands.
We stand as ONE,
In hearts and
~Karen Lyons Kalmenson, BFC supporter, artist and poet.
Please send us your submissions for Last Words. Thank you for all the poems, songs, quotes and stories you've contributed! Keep them coming!