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           Weekly Update from the Field September 12, 2013
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Last Days to Comment! Plus Pearl Jam, John Trudell & BFC‏
* TAKE ACTION! Comments Due Friday on Year-Round Bison Habitat Environmental Analysis
* West Coast Roadshow Schedule Announced ~ Events with Pearl Jam Ten Club and John Trudell
* In the Presence of Buffalo Receiving Strong Reviews
* Help Bring BFC to Your New England Community
* 2014 Wild Bison Calendars Available
* Print Newsletters: Help BFC Spread the Word
* THANK YOU to Everyone Who Helped with Wood Cut!
* By the Numbers
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Dan Brister

*TAKE ACTION: Comments Due Friday, September 13 on Year-Round Habitat

Just two more days to comment! The public comment period remains open on Montana's proposal for some year-round bison habitat in both the Hebgen and Gardiner Basins, west and north of Yellowstone National Park. Comments are being accepted until 5pm on Friday, September 13, 2013.

BFC has thoroughly reviewed the EA and updated our talking points. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you personalize your letters to prevent Montana from counting them as a single comment. We strongly recommend that you edit our sample subject to include your name and that you change the subject itself. Use our sample letter as a suggestion only, and please put things into your own words so that your own unique voice counts as it should.

Click this button to send your comments now, and to review Montana's EA.

NOTE: Montana has been receiving so many comments, their email inbox has been overwhelmed! Well done!

If you have any trouble getting your comments through to the email address provided in our alert (link above), you may send your comments alternately to

* West Coast Roadshow Dates Announced

BFC's West Coast roadshow, featuring BFC's Campaign Coordinator Mike Mease and musicians Good Shield and Mignon Geli, will begin at the end of September. We'll be covering most of the West Coast, beginning in Bellingham, WA and heading all the way south to Los Angeles, CA. John Trudell will be honoring BFC again with a special fundraiser in Berkeley, CA and the Pearl Jam fan club, Ten Club, will be hosting an event in Seattle, WA. Some shows are still being finalized and we will update info as it comes in. If you live in an area where a show is taking place, please feel free to get in touch with the contact person listed for that show, print and hang posters around your community, or simply tell as many friends as possible. Thanks for your endless support. We look forward to meeting you in person this Fall. To read the full schedule, click here.

With the Buffalo,

Mike Mease

* "In the Presence of Buffalo" Receiving Strong Reviews.

Order a Copy Today and Help Spread the Word.

"In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter," is the long-awaited book by BFC Director Dan Brister and published in July by Graphic Arts Books. Reviews have been very positive (see links below), and the book has been selling well. "In the Presence of Buffalo" is a unique and inspiring work shedding light on the history and current management of wild buffalo, their deep relationship with First Nations, and the livestock industry's use of force to maintain control of vast expanses of public lands. Dan digs painfully deep at times as he weaves personal stories with those of the buffalo. The power of "In the Presence of Buffalo" comes directly from Dan's first-hand experiences and his powerful writing. Dan breathes new life into a traditional American theme. Everyone who values wild buffalo should have a copy of this book.

ORDER NOW via BFC's merch page and proceeds will directly benefit Buffalo Field Campaign's important work.

If you've already read it, please take the time to share your thoughts on Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere. The more people who read this book, the more informed, inspired, and widespread will be the buffalo's network of support.

from the Publisher's Weekly Review:
"...Brister stirs up frustration in this visceral portrayal of the wasting of one of our great natural resources...Brister presents a strong thorough argument but his book is more than just animal rights advocacy. It's a personal, cultural, political examination of the buffalo's place in a human world."

from one of the Amazon Customer Reviews:
"This book will break your heart, piss you off, and maybe – just maybe – inspire you to fight injustice and cruelty wherever you find it. 'In the Presence of Buffalo' is an American masterpiece."

from the Sonoron Connection Review:
"Dan's and the Buffalo Field Campaign's story is an inspiration to all of us who cherish wild creatures and shows that we can stand up against those who would destroy them. If this book doesn't move you to take action, nothing will. Perhaps the truth will set the Yellowstone buffalo free."

* Help Bring BFC to Your New England Community

BFC Director Dan Brister will be in the Northeast from late September to mid October to promote his book "In the Presence of Buffalo" and to share stories from his time in the field with the buffalo. If you have a good bookstore, community center, campus, or classroom in your community and you'd be willing to help organize a book reading/signing event, please contact him at: bfc@wildrockies.org.

* 2014 Wild Bison Calendars Available

BFC's 2014 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendars are now available! This is the fourth year we've had the honor of working with our supporters through their photographs, art, and text, to create a calendar that 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. These calendars are great for your home or office and make fantastic gifts.


* 2013/2014 Newsletters: Help BFC Spread the Word

Our 2014 print newsletter is loaded with updates, images, and actions you can take to help the buffalo. BFC's newsletter has something 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, or 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.

* THANK YOU to Everyone Who Helped with Wood Cut!
A very special thanks to the handful of very hard workers that completed wood cut yesterday. With a record low number of helpers this year we pulled off the final push to get the last of our wood here in three days. With the help of Brian and Bradford coming from Williams, OR, Dave, Paul and Bruce came down from Yaak, MT and our own crew of Bruce, Don, Kim and Tommy, the wood was started. The next day more of our family arrived to help: Drea, Josh, Haven and Marihas. I can't thank all of you enough for helping us be ready for another Winter to help our friends, the Buffalo.

With the Buffalo,
Mike Mease

*By the Numbers

The last wild buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,600 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

BFC file photo. Click photo for larger image.

"Like so much else about American buffalo, what we call them can be a source of great contention. While bison, or more specifically Bison bison bison, is the species' scientific name, I usually call them buffalo... I prefer the sound of the word and its more familiar common usage in the American vernacular. I like the memories and dreams it stirs, and its power to bring to life, if nowhere else but our imagination, the days when millions roamed our prairies. I like the way the word rumbles from deep in the chest and rises from within, migrating through the body with a resonance like the bass beat of hooves on hard earth."

~ Dan Brister, from his amazing book "In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter"

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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