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• Update from the field
Bison Vaccination EA - Thank you for speaking out!
• The Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation
Has YOUR Rep signed on?
• Thank you for supporting the
• BFC Wish List
• Last Words
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from the Field
Greetings from West Yellowstone,
Our patrols have been keeping an eye on the old buffalo bull grazing
along Cougar Creek for the past two months. Watching him graze
near the willow patch, with the nearest cattle more than 40 miles
away, we can't help but feel frustrated by the Montana Department
of Livestock's (DOL) stubborn insistence on molesting him week after
week.The old bull is causing no one any harm, yet the DOL returns
every week to chase him across the invisible park boundary.
Yesterday morning was no exception as agents from Helena joined local
DOL agent Shane Grube on snowmobiles to disrupt the peace and haze
the bull back into the park. Despite the frightening ordeal
of the hazing operation, the bull is alive and well, grazing just
inside the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. But the
fate of the old bull, and that of his kin, may well take a turn for
the worse in the coming weeks. Our patrols have been keeping
a keen eye on a herd of 28 buffalo moving down the Madison River.
As I write they are poised on the boundary and may very well be out
of the park by the time you read this update. At Duck Creek,
another prime migration corridor, more buffalo are heading toward
the boundary. We are ready--as ready as you can be--for the conflict
that is sure to come as the buffalo leave the park and the DOL resumes
the senseless slaughter that has killed more than 2,300 buffalo in
the last decade. With strong corps of volunteers and backed
with the support of thousands of people around the world, we will
be here to bear witness and intervene on the buffalo's behalf.
If you have been thinking of volunteering, or know someone who may
be interested, please contact us. The coming months will be
difficult ones and we are in dire need of volunteers. All volunteers
are provided with room and board so your only real expense will be
travel to West Yellowstone, Montana. Write buffaloatwildrockies.org
for more information.
Please keep us in mind in the coming weeks, read the rest of the update,
and do what you can to help. The future of the Yellowstone buffalo--America's
only continuously wild herd--depends on you.
With the Buffalo,
• Bison Vaccination EA - Thank you for speaking out!
January 20 marked the final deadline for submitting public comment
on the Bison Vaccination Environmental Assessment (EA) proposed by
the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). We are
pleased to let you know that APHIS was flooded with heartfelt and
educated testimony from buffalo supporters everywhere. Way to go!
The EA calls for "eradicating" brucellosis by vaccinating
Yellowstone's wild buffalo with RB51 - an ineffective vaccine designed
for use in livestock. If this plan were to go into effect, wild
buffalo captured by the MT Department of Livestock (DOL) would be
subject to even further mistreatment, disrespect, and harm.
Didn't get your comments in on time? Don't worry - you can still
take action on this issue by writing a Letter to the Editor of your
local paper or any national media. The editorial page is widely
read by the public and decision-makers alike, so LTEs are a terrific
way to get the word out and garner support for the buffalo.
Keep your letters short (about 250 words) and make a follow-up phone
call to the paper's editor urging them to print it. Let us know
if your letter is printed and send us a copy!
For more information on the EA, please visit www.wildrockies.org/Buffalo/update03/010804.html.
If you need help writing a letter please drop a line to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org.
Many thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to speak
up for the buffalo and against vaccines - our collective voices speak
loudly and we will be heard.
• The Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act
Has YOUR Rep signed on?
Thanks to U.S. Representatives Hinchey and Bass we are one step closer
to realizing a future of truly wild and free buffalo herds, once again
roaming the western landscape unmolested. The first bill of
its kind, H.R. 3446, calls for a three-year moratorium on the hazing,
capturing and killing of Yellowstone's buffalo; expanding the areas
to the north and west of Yellowstone in which buffalo will be allowed
undisturbed access; dismantling the in-Park Stephen's Creek Capture
Facility; taking away management authority from the Montana Department
of Livestock and giving it back to the Park Service.
•Has YOUR Rep. Signed on to the bill? There
are currently 46 co-sponsors signed on (thank you!), and just a few
more will initiate Congressional hearings. Check the list below to
see if your Representative's name is there. If it is, please
send him/her a note of thanks. If it isn't, please keep the
pressure on: continue to call, write, fax, and email, urging them
to support this critical legislation. You can go one step further
by writing a Letter to the Editor of your local paper. The editorial
page is read by many - especially decision-makers - so these letters
are key to reaching a wide audience. For more information on
H.R. 3446 please visit www.wildrockies.org/Buffalo/politico/3446.html.
If you would like help in writing a Letter to the Editor, send a note
H.R. 3446 Cosponsors
Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act As of 1/22/04
1. Hinchey, Maurice (Co-Lead)
2. Bass, Charles (Co-Lead)
3. Inslee, Jay
4. Rahall, Nick
5. Frank, Barney
6. Grijalva, Raul
7. Frost, Martin
8. Moran, Jim
9. Baldwin, Tammy
10. Miller, George
11. Tauscher, Ellen
12. Davis, Susan
13. Van Hollen, Chris
14. Towns, Edolphus
15. Serrano, Jose
16. Markey, Ed
17. McGovern, Jim
18. Kildee, Dale
19. Andrews, Robert
20. DeFazio, Peter
21. Capps, Lois
22. Blumenauer, Earl
23. Gonzalez, Charles
24. Leach, Jim
25. Schakowsky, Janice
26. McNulty, Michael
27. McDermott, Jim
28. Baird, Brian
29. Moore, Dennis
30. Hoeffel, Joseph
31. Weiner, Anthony
32. McCollum, Betty
33. Wexler, Robert
34. Waxman, Henry
35. Shays, Chris
36. Wu, David
37. Fattah, Chaka
38. Holt, Rush
39. Napolitano, Grace
40. Norton, Eleanor Holmes
41. Jackson-Lee, Shelia
42. Jones, Stephanie Tubbs
43. Kirk, Mark
44. Owens, Major
45. Neal, Richard
46. Kilpatrick, Caroline
• Thank you for supporting the BFC!
Thanks so much to all of you have been generous over the past month!
Winter expenses, housing, and feeding up to 40 volunteers and media
and legal work done however frugally add up. We couldn't be
doing it without your support - so thanks to each and every one of
you who have helped out!!!
I want to tell you about another exciting development. Our good
friends at Earth Friends are again supporting our work with a matching
grant. We need to generate a 3 to 1 match so if you've considered
making a donation - this is a great opportunity to leverage your giving
dollars. Donations are tax deductible and go directly to front
lines work. Just write "match" in the memo of your
check or online donation and I'll keep you updated on our progress.
Donations are tax deductible and go directly to front lines work.
BFC is the only group in the field 365 days a year with the last,
free roaming buffalo.
With humble thanks,
May the wild buffalo roam free,
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
• BFC Wish List
With all the snow and cold, we are in need of more winter gear for
volunteers. In particular we could use:
- Cross country ski boots (preferably three pin)
- Cross country bindings (also preferably three pin)
- Warm winter boots (rated for subzero temperatures)
- Gators (to keep snow and ice out of boots)
- Mini Digital Video Tapes (Mini DV tapes)
-"Mac OSX The Missing Manual 10.2" or like manual
to help w/ OSX Jaguar
Thank you for your support. If you have any questions about
donation, please contact Amy at (406) 646 0070 or
Donations may be sent to: BFC, PO Box 957,
West Yellowstone, MT 59758.
• Last Words
"The only true controlling force is nature itself and it should
be nature that decides the fate of the buffalo. Do not allow
the livestock industry to have control of our nation's wildlife, because
our wildlife will be treated like cattle, as is the case with buffalo
--Tom Mazzarisi, Yellowstone National Park Ranger
With the Buffalo!
Buffalo Field Campaign
Post Office Box 957
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
operation - December 30, 2003 -- Causing unnecessary stress on
America's last wild buffalo
Please consider making a donation!
You can donate online here:
or send your donation to:
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
All donations are tax-deductible and we thank you for your support! We
couldn't be here without you! Grassroots activism really does work--no
fancy offices or high paid staff--just passionate individuals joining
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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