*Update from the Field: Volunteers Needed
A Buffalo Field Campaign patrol keeps an eye on the last wild buffalo.
Greetings Supporters of Wild Buffalo,
Our season has gotten off to a deadly start with early snows bringing at least 100 buffalo across Yellowstone's western boundary over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately most of them have been shot by eager hunters waiting at the border. We now know of 53 wild buffalo killed this Fall, with 51 being shot along the western boundary (near West Yellowstone) and two killed on the northern boundary (near Gardiner).
Most of these buffalo were shot by tribal hunters with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT). The Crow tribe, we have learned, is preparing to assert treaty rights by joining in the hunt. The Park Service has asked the tribes to shoot more bulls than cows. Thanks to a new law, passed by Montana's notoriously anti-buffalo legislature and signed by Governor Steve Bullock last spring, the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks has established a hotline to keep hunters apprised of the exact location of buffalo in the state. Their message betrays buffalo even when they are not in legally huntable areas, which has resulted in hunters casing residential neighborhoods with their rifles, waiting for the buffalo to step back into the hunt zone.
With so many buffalo under the gun, it is very unfortunate that we only have two volunteers currently at camp, in addition to our crew of seasonal coordinators. We are in great need of volunteers to help document the killing and provide outreach and education to hunters. We especially need help from now until the first couple weeks of December. With coordinators having so many responsibilities around our headquarters it has been very hard to keep patrols filled.
Please, if you have even a week or two to spare, we would be so grateful for your help. We have a great crew, and the small numbers create a fun, close-knit spirit. We also have or awesome Harvest feast and celebration to look forward to at the end of November.
If you feel you can help out, please email or call our volunteer coordinators ASAP at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 406-646-0070. If you can't join us in person, please see below to make a donation or merchandise purchase in support of our work. As a grassroots nonprofit comprised of the most dedicated people you'll ever meet, every little bit goes a long, long way!
For the Buffalo,
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
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*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: 53
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Held for Government Experiment:
Died In Government Trap:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 2
Treaty Hunts: 51
Shot by Agents:
Cause of Death Unknown:
Total Killed in Previous Years
Total Killed Since 2000: 4,270
*includes lethal government action, trap-related fatalities, quarantine/experiments, hunts, and highway deaths
*Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration
"Dan Brister's book bears witness to the last fifteen years of this bureaucratic madness to tame the last vestige of wild America and domesticate the earth. Leading the resistance is the Buffalo Field Campaign, a brave, dedicated group of activists. This hardy tribe lives out in the cold winters of Yellowstone, risking their freedom and lives to stand by their brown brethren in the hair coats."
-Doug Peacock, from his introduction to Dan Brister's book In the Presence of Buffalo.
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