*Thank You, Buffalo Family: We're So Close to Getting Mike Mease Home!
As many of you know, our West Coast Road Show vehicle's transmission gave its final gasps over the weekend and due to the vehicle's age, mileage, and condition, it is no longer worth our fixing. Even so, Mike and the crew have not missed a single event! But we are still trying to figure out how we are going to get Mike home to Montana and replace this campaign vehicle. Below is an update from Mike, and our dear friend Karen, who is helping with our vehicle situation. We received so much feedback on this shout out for help, and people have really come through, helping get the word out and bringing in much-needed funds and some great contacts. Thank you to everyone for all of your help and support!
From Mike Mease:
Thanks to the overwhelming support we received, we now have a budget to purchase a vehicle in the Bay Area to get me and our big stash of tour gear back to BFC’s home base in West Yellowstone, Montana. However—time is of the essence! We need to purchase a van or 4x4 king cab truck that the campaign can use back in Montana by early next week. The BFC crew will be doing tour gigs in Southern California. So if anyone has or knows of such a vehicle they can contact Karen Pickett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 925-376-7329.
From Karen Pickett:
Mike feels a fall back position could be to rent a U-Haul, but after a generous donation that got us most of the way towards a purchase, he wants to be able to replace the vehicle so BFC can use it for campaign work. Can you help? A vehicle that can carry a lot of boxes of t-shirts, people, and their giant inflatable buffalo, without astronomical mileage, with four wheel or front wheel drive to handle Montana winters is what is needed.
Please send me any leads! email@example.com or 925-376-7329. For the Wild Megafauna!
There are just three more West Coast Road Show events to go!
Check out the schedule and join us if you can and please share with friends who live near these locations!
* VIDEO: Awesome “Wild & Free” Trailer Teaser by Thia Martin
Wild and Free Trailer from Thia Martin on Vimeo.
This wonderful video trailer is profound, leaving you wanting more. And more will come! You can see the full video, by Thia Martin, at the “Wild and Free” Gala and Art Auction which is being organized to benefit the work of Buffalo Field Campaign. There will be music, a silent auction, video presentations, as well as a presentation by BFC co-founder Mike Mease.
The event will take place on October 23, in Denver, Colorado.
Learn more here.
Many heartfelt thanks to Thia Martin, Red Shoes Studio, and BFC board and family member, Justine Sanchez, for your tireless work pulling this together!
* Stand With the Buffalo! Front Lines Volunteers Needed for Coming Field Seasson!
BFC patrols look for buffalo in the Gardiner Basin. You, too, can join us on the front lines. We need you! Photo by Stephany Seay, BFC. Click for larger image.
Buffalo Field Campaign has seasonal openings for field volunteers. We have opportunities for every season, but are in great need of folks during our field season which runs from November through May. This is the time of year when wild bison are migrating into Montana and facing death and harassment. Any buffalo within Montana's borders is in danger of being shot on sight, hazed, or captured and shipped to the slaughterhouse. All volunteers are provided room, board, gear, and training in exchange for staffing our field patrols. We cater to most any dietary need. We are located in a warm log cabin by beautiful Hebgen Lake, just a few miles outside of West Yellowstone, Montana, and we also run a camp north of Yellowstone, in the Gardiner Basin. Click on the button above or HERE to learn more and make your plans. See you on the front lines!
* TAKE ACTION! Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied
One of the many tools we use to affect change is pressuring decision-makers to do the right thing. Below are two new Take Action items, as well as an ongoing one that still needs everyone’s attention.
1. 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.
2. 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."
3. 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 than 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.
* Spread the Word for the Herds! Distribute BFC Newsletters in Your Community
Help spread the word to save the herds! If you would like us to send you a stack of newsletters to place around your community, Tara can help you with that, too. We love that we have supporters who are willing to distribute our annual newsletter, spreading the word to save the herds is one of our main tenets and we are thrilled to have so many volunteers! Shipping can be costly, so please let Tara know an exact number that you feel you are able to distribute and she will happily get them to you ASAP!
If your address has changed, or if you are new and would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Donations Made in Memory of Wild Buffalo Advocates
Char Newman in memory of the LeRoy Schramer family
Kelly James in memory of Marcus Calvin Baker
Jill Tew in honor of the bison
Kally Goschke in memory of Violet
Grant Barker in memory of Chipmunk, a man amongst men
Robert H Mendoza in honor of Robert Mendoza
*By the Numbers
The last wild, migratory buffalo populations are currently estimated at fewer than 4,200 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: 740
Government Capture: 507
Buffalo Released from Capture: 0
Tribal - ITBC & CSKT Slaughter: 507
Died in Government Trap: 4
Died in Government Research Facility**:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 41
State Damage Hunts: 4
Treaty Hunts: 172
Poached in Yellowstone:
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility: 7
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner:
Shot by Idaho: 1
Highway Mortality: 4
Cause of Death Unknown:
Total Killed in Previous Years*
Total Killed Since 2000: 5,647
* 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 ~ Rosalie Little Thunder & Darrell Geist
“We, as a species, must take into account how our beliefs and actions are affecting the future of all species. We must make every effort to acknowledge the need for a care-taking culture that respects and honors the role of a sacred species.”
~ Rosalie Little Thunder, BFC co-founder, and Darrell Geist, BFC habitat coordinator
Please keep sending quotes, poems and other words of buffalo wisdom. You'll see them here!