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           Weekly Update from the Field June 30, 2016
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Wounded Bull Found in Park and Killed; Support BFC's Billboard Campaign‏
* Update from the Field: Bullet-Wounded Bull Found in Yellowstone and Killed
* Protect Our National Mammal: Donate to Bolster BFC’s Billboard Campaign
* Join BFC at Speak For Wolves Event in West Yellowstone
* Buffalo Wild Submitted to Native American Music Awards!
* BFC Mentioned in New Book by Derrick Jensen
* Radio Interview: BFC on The Grizzly Beat
* Volunteer with BFC in Yellowstone this Summer!
* TAKE ACTION! Help BFC Protect Wild Buffalo
* By the Numbers
* Last Words ~ Derrick Jensen

* Update from the Field: Bullet-Wounded Bull Found in Yellowstone and Killed

A young bull on the northern edge of Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Stephany, Buffalo Field Campaign. Click for larger image.

On June 18th, a Yellowstone ranger spotted a bull buffalo laying on the side of the road near Dunraven Pass. The ranger watched the bull, noticing that he was very weak and thin, and when he tried to rise he would stumble and fall. The ranger also noticed that the bull had what looked to be an infected gunshot wound. The ranger killed him. Members of the Park’s bear management team took a closer look at the wound and determined it was a partially-healed gunshot wound that had become infected. They determined that the bull was shot “a while ago” because “the interior portion of the wound had healed over a bit.” Yellowstone scientists say they doubt the bull was shot during the hunt, but they also say that they simply don’t know. From our observations of the hunt, our guess is that this bull was another casualty of the firing line-style killing that takes place along Yellowstone’s north boundary, along Beattie Gulch, which we’ve written about extensively. Many buffalo are shot right after crossing Yellowstone’s north boundary, and many — wounded — flee back into the Park. We can only speculate on this, and if it wasn’t, then it’s anyone’s guess what happened. Either way, this bull is dead from a gunshot wound that he received long ago and has been suffering from for who knows how long. Only the bull truly knows. It is heartbreaking to think that this bull was suffering for so many months, and it is also a testament to the incredible strength of these sacred beings that he was able to survive for so long. He will now help nourish grizzly bears.

West of Yellowstone, in Montana’s Hebgen Basin, buffalo have been making their own migratory choices for the first time in over a century. The buffalo who have been inhabiting Horse Butte have had the opportunity to give birth in peace and raise their calves in their gentle way, without threat of abusive government hazing. They have been able to take their time, waiting until their calves are strong enough to make the slow journey east into Yellowstone, to soon join other buffalo families in the reunions we call the rut. Just a small number of buffalo remain around Horse Butte, and they will likely join the others soon. Impatient and abusive Department of Livestock agents were always so anxious to bully buffalo out of these areas, but we have always known that buffalo know best where to roam and when it is time to move on.

Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
~ Stephany

*Protect Our National Mammal: Donate to BFC’s Billboard Campaign

Billboard design by Cindy Rosin, Buffalo Field Campaign.

Our billboard campaign to Protect Our National Mammal is getting great responses, and Governor Bullock is receiving tons of messages from wild buffalo advocates! This means it’s working! Millions of travelers will see this billboard, and we have an opportunity to reach millions more — but, we need your help. We need financial support to keep this billboard up, and we have another key location where we could put another one. Please help support this outreach campaign by making a secure online donation today.

Please also visit and share BFC’s Protect Our National Mammal web site, www.HelpWildBison.com, with everyone you know! And if you’re traveling I-90 through Billings, Montana, look for the billboard, take a photo and share it with us. Thank you so much for your dedication to defending the country’s last wild buffalo!

* Join BFC at 'Speak for Wolves’ Event in West Yellowstone

Join wolf and grizzly bear advocates and Buffalo Field Campaign at the third annual Speak for Wolves event! This gathering of wildlife advocates is being held at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana, July 15-17. Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2016 is about taking an important step towards stopping the wolf slaughter that is currently taking place across the United States. But, it’s much more than that: it’s about protecting the wild and reforming the wildlife mismanagement schemes that have imperiled buffalo, wolves, grizzly bears, and other wildlife. In addition to wolf-focused films, art, and discussions, there will be exciting presentations by grizzly bear advocates who are fighting against the delisting of Yellowstone's grizzly bears, including Dave Mattson from Wyoming Wildlife Advocates and Hey Bear-GOAL Tribal Coalition. Then, on Sunday, Buffalo Field Campaign will host a field trip where you can walk with us in some of the places where wild buffalo roam. We hope to see you there!

* Buffalo Wild Submitted to Native American Music Awards!

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Honoring John Trudell
Rest In Peace

Buffalo Wild
A poem by John Trudell, put to music by Good Shield and Mignon Geli and video produced by Mike Mease of Buffalo Field Campaign. A powerful anthem to the wisdom of the buffalo.

We are very excited to report that Buffalo Wild, the powerful music video created by BFC's Mike Mease to the poetic words of the legendary John Trudell, and talented musicians Goodshield Aguilar and Mignon Geli, has been submitted to the Native American Music Awards. An advisory committee will review all of the submissions and make their top picks for nominations. After that, everyone can vote and an award ceremony will take place sometime in mid-September. We will keep you posted, so stay tuned!

* BFC Mentioned in New Book by Derrick Jensen

The Myth of Human Supremacy is the latest work from Derrick Jensen, radical environmentalist and outstanding author; a man who BFC is honored to know and call friend. Derrick pleasantly surprised us by mentioning BFC and our co-founder Mike Mease in this new book! And it’s not for that that we highly recommend this: The Myth of Human Supremacy is another great work featuring Derrick’s wisdom, teeming with love and flames that articulately, passionately, and profoundly challenges and destroys every possible argument the human supremacists could ever attempt (and fail) to make as they destroy life on Earth. The mentality of the human supremacist is the very thing that is destroying the buffalo, managing them to death, or otherwise controlling and manipulating them, as human supremacists do to so many others, and, frankly, the whole planet. This book is an act of solidarity for all of us trying to live in relationship with life on this planet, who aim to restore the wild and dismantle the culture of destruction.

Thank you, Derrick! Please don’t ever stop!

* Radio Interview: BFC on The Grizzly Beat

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BFC’s media coordinator, Stephany Seay, had the honor of talking with grizzly bear advocate Louisa Wilcox on her program The Grizzly Beat, which is a podcast of Grizzly Times. Please give it a listen! Louisa, we thank you for this opportunity and for your good work to protect grizzly bears!

* Spend Summer in Yellowstone with BFC: Volunteers Wanted!

Buffalo Field Campaign is seeking volunteers who have an earnest desire to help our national mammal, the buffalo, roam wild and free! We are seeking people comfortable with talking with Yellowstone visitors to help run our summer outreach program. This is the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service and Yellowstone is expecting millions of visitors; this is a great opportunity to help educate and inspire people! Volunteers get to spend five days a week camping in beautiful Yellowstone National Park. You'll spend your days enjoying all that the landscape has to offer, from relaxing in the Boiling River, to watching a mama black bear with her cubs. You'll have the amazing opportunity of seeing buffalo during the rut while helping to do outreach on their behalf. Educating park visitors on the plight of America's last wild bison is one of the most important parts of what we do here at Buffalo Field Campaign. While tabling you'll meet people from all over the world and bring the buffalo's story to them. During the five days in the Park, volunteers will share a tent at various campgrounds in and around Yellowstone. When volunteers are not tabling, adventuring in the park is one of the many benefits of summers in Yellowstone, with plenty of places to hike, swim, and enjoy nature. There are also two days a week when volunteers will be back at our main cabin to relax.

If this sounds exciting to you, please contact us at VolunteerSummer@buffalofieldcampaign.org or call 406-646-0070. We look forward to hearing from you!

* TAKE ACTION! Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied

1. One of the most important things that can help mitigate buffalo-vehicle collisions is the implementation of safe passage infrastructure, which involves constructing bridges or underpasses that buffalo and other wildlife can use to cross the dangerous road without ever having to step foot on the asphalt. Examples of the enormous success safe passage has for wildlife are growing in the U.S., Canada, and other countries around the world. What better place for wildlife safe passage than on the edge of Yellowstone National Park? Please join us in urging the state of Montana to provide wildlife safe passage in this key migration corridor.

2. Montana Governor Steve Bullock needs to feel the pressure from everyone who cares about wild, migratory buffalo, enough pressure that he has no other choice but to help repeal MCA 81-2-120, the law that is driving the nefarious actions against America's last wild buffalo. Please contact Governor Bullock today, and everyday, demanding he change the status quo for wild bison in Montana by repealing MCA 81-2-120 and rejecting the government's alternatives in the newly proposed Montana-Yellowstone Bison Management Plan.

3. Help change the status quo for wild buffalo by urging your members of Congress to support BFC’s alternative to “Manage Wild Bison Like Wild Elk in Montana."


4.Submit Letters to the Editor in support of BFC's alternative to “Manage Wild Bison Like Wild Elk in Montana,” the only alternative that respects wild buffalo and their right to roam their home.

* By the Numbers

The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,300 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: 603
Government Capture: 150
Held for Quarantine or Slaughter: 49
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Government Slaughter:
Tribal - ITBC, CSKT, & Sho-Ban Slaughter: 101
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 28
State “Damage" Hunts:
Treaty Hunts: 349
Unknown Hunts: 1
Wounded by Hunters & Shot by FWP/NPS or Died in Park: 50
Poached in Yellowstone:
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility:
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner:
Shot by Idaho:
Highway Mortality: 16
Cause of Death Unknown:
Elk shot under treaty right: 55

Total Killed in Previous Years*
2014-2015: 740
2013-2014: 653
2012-2013: 261
2011-2012: 33
2010-2011: 227
2009-2010: 7
2008-2009: 22
2007-2008: 1,631

Total Killed Since 2000: 6,237

* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Derrick Jensen

“But what if the point [of life] is not to rule, but to participate? What if life less resembles the board games Risk or Monopoly, and more resembles a symphony? What if the intent is not for the violin players to drown out the oboe players (or worse, bitterly drown them or at least drive them from the orchestra, and take their seats for more violin players to use), but to make music with them? What if the point is for us to attempt to learn our proper role in this symphony, and then play that role?”

~ Derrick Jensen, from his new book, The Myth of Human Supremacy

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