(the only Group Working in Yellowstone
In This Issue
- An Update from the Field
- Third Annual Tatanka
benefit in Boise, Idaho: February 23, 2002
- International Buffalo
- Week of Action, National
Day of Action and Day of Prayer for the Buffalo
- Request for gear
- Recycle printer cartridges
for the buffalo!
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*Update from the Field
The last two uncaptured
bull buffalo have been hiding out in the low land flats of the Madison
river, just outside Yellowstone, on our national forest. These older bulls
have watched 21 of their brothers be needlessly killed and 8 others be
captured, tortured, shaved, painted, tagged and released in the same area
they where captured. These released bulls share the sad story with the
few that have escaped.
After too many years of
harassment these old bulls have grown wise to the ways of the Montana
Department of Livestock. On the morning of February 20 the only unmarked
buffalo out of the Park with another that had gone through the capture
torture process grazed along the Madison River. The 3 big bulls started
their wisdom filled walk toward the Park and I had the joy of skiing along
with them. As we migrated the mile or so out of the national forest, where
the buffalo prefer to graze in winter, the highway was crossed before
the MDOL had the chance to wake up and start wasting taxpayer's money.
After the 3 bulls made it into the almost safe Yellowstone National Park
they were greeted by 9 new buffalo including 3 yearlings, some moms and
Although it is always nice
to see them, it is sad to think of how many buffalo will die in the coming
months when the herd comes out for spring.
Just when I started to
feel the buffalo were safe and a pleasant day lay ahead, a MDOL posse
consisting of 7 or 8 snowmobiles, 6 or 7 4x4 trucks (representing 4 or
5 different law enforcement) and a MDOL HELICOPTER, showed up. All of
this at taxpayers expense for buffalo that are inside Yellowstone. The
snowmobiles went up both sides of the Madison River to the Park border
disturbing all in their path. Then the Helicopter flew over, scaring the
buffalo back further into the park.
Unhappy with not being able
to kill any buffalo, the orders were given for the helicopter to fly at
least 8 miles back into the Park and do a recon of all 3 drainage's (Duck
Creek, Cougar Creek and the Madison River). After disturbing the entire
west side of the Yellowstone ecosystem, the MDOL got in their (our) brand
new 4x4 trucks, one per vehicle and journed home to Helena, Montana, 3
Although we are once again
happy for the live and well buffalo, our hearts feel empty that the buffalo
still have no place to roam.
With the Buffalo,
The third annual Tatanka
2002 benefit for BFC will be held this Saturday, February 23rd at the
First Presbyterian Church on 9th and State Streets in Boise, Idaho. Doors
open at 4:00 PM. This years entertainment will be provided by Tim Andrea
and Time Salad. An awesome vegetarian dinner will be served, a silent
auction will be held, and Mike Mease, co-founder of BFC, will share stories
from the field. If you are anywhere near Boise, make sure you get down
to this fun and inspiring yearly event.
* International Buffalo
In the past we have asked
our friends and supporters to help us with donations of supplies, money,
to write letters and to sign petitions. We are asking you now to make
a deeper commitment in saving the last wild buffalo herd. We cannot stop
the wanton and unjustified slaughter of the buffalo through our efforts
in the field alone and we need your help. We feel that the whole world
needs to know what is happening here in Montana.
The United States and Montana
state governments need to know that citizens throughout the world want
the slaughter to stop. Buffalo Field Campaign is asking for you to form
a buffalo support group in your community. Your new group can help buffalo
by organizing video showings, tabling with education materials and conducting
demonstrations at your local federal building or federal agency office.
Our goal is to organize
an International Buffalo Network that will educate the public and organize
demonstrations all across the world. Buffalo Field Campaign will provide
you with an organizing packet including all the info you need to get your
group up and running. If you are interested in starting such a group please
call the office at 406-646-0070 and ask for Mike B or Anna or email buffaloatwildrockies.org.
*Week of Action, National
Day of Action and Day of Prayer for the Buffalo
We are organizing our third
annual Week of Action for the Yellowstone Buffalo and need your help.
This year's Week of Action is scheduled for March 18-24 and will include
a variety of workshops, non-violent direct action, and ceremonies. Please
come if you can.
We are also helping to organize
solidarity rallies across the country on March 23. An interdenominational
prayer will be led by Ehnamani at noon on the 24th. Please join us in
prayer, wherever you may be. If you are interested in helping to organize
the Day of Action in your community, please contact Dan Brister or Pete
Leusch at bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org.
a poster for you to use (PDF format)
*Request for gear
Our gear junkies are requesting
donations of sunglasses, cross country or telemark skis, boots, poles,
binoculars, cross country SKI WAX and snowshoes this week. If you have
anything that looks half usable laying around in the basement or garage,
mail it to us and we'll put it out in the field.
*Recycle for the Buffalo!
Do you recycle your printer
cartridges or do they end up in the landfill? Can you collect (from friends
and businesses in your community) 20 or more cartridges a month? Could
you set up a collection box in your town?
You could recycle cartridges
and at the same time generate donations for the important work that the
Buffalo Field Campaign is doing! It's simple, easy and we can get you
going soon. Please contact Su at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information!
Thanks! For the Buffalo!
.......... And a big thanks goes out to Renee for her help with this!!
*Thanks Thanks a bunch to
Peter and Anne - we'll keep up the good fight! Thanks to all that have
purchased the Crosby, Still, Nash and Young tickets - hope you enjoy the
show! (There are still tickets available - info at http://www.guacfund.org).
Gracious applause to Amy for all the hard work you and the volunteers
working the info tables are doing! Together we can make a difference!
Many thanks to Bonnie Raitt
for her generous donation and continued support!
Also, thanks to anyone who
did a snow dance last week.We
recieved a nice storm on Tuesday that dropped 5 inches of powder in the
valleys and up to a foot in the higher elevations. Keep it up!
If you want
to volunteer at camp this winter - contact us for more details - buffaloatwildrockies.org
WEST YELLOWSTONE, MT 59758