* Update from the Field
A mom and her calf lovingly nudge heads. Hunting and slaughter will tear these close families apart this winter. Photo by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign. Click image for larger view.
The buffalo death toll has risen to nearly forty. Thirty-two buffalo have been killed by treaty and state hunters in the Hebgen Basin, west of Yellowstone, and another five (all bulls) were killed by state hunters in the Gardiner Basin, along the park’s northern boundary. Two buffalo were struck and killed by vehicles along US Highway 191. As we've been stating for many months, Yellowstone, Montana, and other Interagency Bison Management Plan affiliates intend -- through hunting and slaughter -- to kill 1,000 of America's last wild buffalo this year, and they are well on their way.
Both BFC camps are in full operation and we have a strong need for volunteers. If you have ever considered joining BFC in the field or if you've spent time with us in the past and want to return, now is the perfect time. New and experienced volunteers are needed and always welcome.
If you are unable to join in person, please help protect the buffalo by taking action, keeping us on the front lines, spreading the word, and staying in touch. You are the reason we are able to be here, and hearing about your love for the buffalo means so much to us, especially in these difficult times when our hearts break nearly every day. Just as the buffalo lend us strength, so do you! Thank you for giving us the honor of being here.
Wild is the Way ~ Roam Free!
* New Book Slams Montana Brucellosis Myth, But Will it Help the Buffalo?
New book on Yellowstone bison—which involves scientists gathering the best available science on brucellosis—exposes Montana's intolerance toward buffalo, as having no basis in fact.
Todd Wilkenson’s article about this book is very encouraging, however reading the recommendations offered by the editors — who are, ironically, participants in the Interagency Bison Management Plan — any hopes that this book will help change things for the positive are dashed. Stating that Yellowstone bison are the most important herds in the world and admitting that they are already ecologically extinct, the editors inexplicably recommend that the population be kept at only 2,500-4,500 animals — numbers that would require continued slaughter. While the brucellosis myth is called to task, as are some practices that are supposedly carried out because of the so-called risk, the overall picture looks like more of the same. You can read for yourself here (PDF).
* VIDEO: Wild~N~Free Film by Thia Martin
We hope this film will serve as inspiration for you to join us on the front lines!
Thia Martin has fallen in love with wild buffalo. She joined us in the field in May and bore witness to the brutal maltreatment of hazing operations. She created this film after spending time with us, and she premiered it at the Wild ~ n ~ Free Gala and Art Auction, held as a benefit for Buffalo Field Campaign in Denver last month. We think the film is wonderful and we hope you do, too! Because we loved the trailer so much, we’re sharing that with you again, too.
Watch the trailer here
* 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.
* 2016 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country Calendars Available!
Order BFC's 2015 Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendars!
Celebrate wild buffalo every day of the year! This is our sixth annual Wild Bison of Yellowstone Country calendar, and it is another wonderful exploration of this country’s largest land mammal. Featuring stunning photos from generous professional photographers such as Sandy Sisti, Tom Mangelsen, and Ric Kessler, along with photos from Buffalo Field Campaign, this calendar also includes incredible artwork, interesting facts, and beautiful poetry and quotes. BFC's 2016 calendar is also dedicated to BFC co-founder Rosalie Little Thunder, our friend and teacher who passed away in August 2014. All proceeds from the calendar go directly to BFC’s front lines work in defense of America’s last wild buffalo. Support our work to help these gentle giants as you celebrate wild buffalo every day!
Fall in love with the buffalo and strengthen your resolve to help protect them!
* 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 email@example.com.
*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: 39
Buffalo Released from Capture:
Tribal - ITBC & CSKT Slaughter:
Died in Government Trap:
Died in Government Research Facility**:
Miscarriage in Government Trap:
State Hunt: 7
State “Damage" Hunts:
Treaty Hunts: 30
Poached in Yellowstone:
Sent to Quarantine:
Sent to APHIS Research Facility:
Shot by Agents:
Shot by Landowner:
Shot by Idaho:
Highway Mortality: 2
Cause of Death Unknown:
Total Killed in Previous Years*
Total Killed Since 2000: 5,686
* Last Words of Buffalo Inspiration ~ Todd Wilkinson
“[Yellowstone Bison: Conserving an American Icon in Modern Society] directly takes on the mythology and half-truths of Yellowstone bison and brucellosis propagated by livestock interests in Montana. It exposes them as blatant, politically motivated falsehoods intended to perpetuate primacy of cows on public land.”
~ Todd Wilkenson, journalist. From his article Book on Yellowstone Bison Takes Montana to Task.
Please keep sending quotes, poems and other words of buffalo wisdom. You'll see them here!