(the only Group Working in Yellowstone FULL TIME!) 

10/31/03

In This Issue:

• Update From the Field
* Action Item--
Congress to Introduce "Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act"
* East Coast Roadshow Enters Final Leg
* Forward BFC's Email Updates to you Friends
* Buffalo Field Campaign Wish List
* Last Words


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* Update from the Field
The cold nights are here and the snow has begun to fall. One wise bull buffalo continues to successfully bewilder the Department of Livestock (DOL) agents. The DOL gathered yesterday at their headquarters on Duck Creek to plan their strategy. Thursday morning they woke early to search for the lone bull a little over a mile outside the park boundary. To their chagrin, the old bull had hidden himself in a maze of willows and could not be found by the agents.
More volunteers are beginning to arrive just in time to help with the many projects underway in preparation for the coming winter.


Tipis are going up in the yard to supply homes for BFC coordinators this winter and spring. Many projects in the kitchen are underway including a new gas stove that will feed many hard working volunteers. Also, both offices will be heated with new propane stoves to create a better environment for all of the equipment because--Mike Mease likes to say--"These are the tools we use to save the buffalo." 


We thank each and every one of you who receives these updates and helps us to keep the world informed about the plight of the Yellwostone buffalo and our efforts to protect them. Each one of you is part of this campaign, for your support keep us going, making it possible for us to keep a strong presence in the field. We could never thank you enough.


For the Buffalo,
Megan Fishback
Office Coordinator
Buffalo Field Campaign



* Action Item
Congress to Introduce "Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act"


Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will introduce the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act in the U.S. House of Representatives within the next few weeks. This bill calls for a moratorium on the hazing, capturing, and killing of Yellowstone buffalo on all federal public lands until conditions are met that include allowing buffalo to range freely in areas adjacent to Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and returning management of bison inside YNP to the sole jurisdiction of the Park Service.

YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED NOW 
Please take the time to call or write your Representatives and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act by becoming a co-sponsor of the bill. Tell them to contact Representative Hinchey's office for more information.


Yellowstone National Park provided sanctuary to the only 23 free-roaming buffalo who survived the mass slaughter of the 19th century. Yet present-day park rangers are taking part in a slaughter that threatens the very survival of their descendants.


Call, fax, and email (in that order) your representative and urge them to support the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. Yellowstone is supposed to be a sanctuary for our nation's last herd of genetically pure, free-roaming bison, not a killing ground. Make even a single phone call and let your Representative know what you think.


To contact your Representative, please visit the following web site:
http://www.house.gov or call the United States Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.



* East Coast Roadshow Enters Final Leg
Having wrapped up the northeastern portion of our outreach tour with a show at Brown University on Tuesday night, we'll be heading south for the final five shows next week. Please join us if you can.


November 5, 12 noon
Williamsburg, VA
William and Mary College
Brown Bag Lunch Discussion
contact: Danielle <dmoret@wm.edu>


November 6, 7pm
Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia
Rouss Hall, Room 202
contact: Christina <shewulf@firstva.com>
434-971-7678


November 8, 10am - 5pm
King William, VA
Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds
Veteran's Day Pow-Wow
contact: Jeannie Chewning
<mailto:jchewning@globalweb.net>jchewning@globalweb.net
(804) 329-2652


November 9, 10am - 4pm
King William, VA
Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds
Veteran's Day Pow-Wow
contact: Jeannie Chewning
<mailto:jchewning@globalweb.net>jchewning@globalweb.net
(804) 329-2652


November 19, 7pm
Kansas State University
Big 12 Room



* Forward BFC's Email Updates to you Friends
The best way to stay informed about the plight of the Yellowstone Buffalo is to subscribe to BFC's electronic newsletter. Each update features a "News from the Field" section, where we report on recent actions taking place along the Yellowstone boundary. You will also find short poems, information on the natural history of buffalo, and the most current information on legal, legislative, and management decisions affecting the herd. You'll receive an update every week from November to June and two per month during the quieter summer months.
We respect your privacy and don't share our list with anyone.


Please help us spread the word by forwarding updates to your friends and family, and ask them to sign up. We are a grassroots effort and we depend on people like you to share the buffalo's plight. When enough people are informed, we will stop the slaughter!
To sign up, send a message to bfc-media"at"wildrockies.org with your email address in the message body.



* Buffalo Field Campaign Wish List


AA Rechargeable Batteries (Nicad or Nimh)
Digital still and video cameras
Blank VHS and DV tapes
Wool blankets
Wool and Gortex gloves
Winter boots (-20 degrees or lower)
Cross country ski boots.
Long underwear bottoms. No cotton please.
Spice grinder
Five quart dutch oven
"Joy of Cooking" cookbook
Bulk food (nuts, trail-mix, chocolate etc.)
Automotive repair tools
Carpentry tools


The Buffalo Field Campaign is a grassroots effort made up of volunteers who patrol the Yellowstone boundary to protect the Yellowstone herd and hold the management agencies accountable for their actions. We are the only group working in the field every day to stop the slaughter of Yellowstone's wild buffalo. BFC volunteers defend the buffalo's traditional winter and spring habitat and advocate for their protection. Since 1997 we have hosted more than 1700 volunteers from across the country and around the world.


If you would like to contribute to our efforts there is much you can do. We receive the majority of our funding from individual supporters. Help us prepare for the coming winter with a tax deductible contribution. Every little bit helps. Send donations to the address below.
Take action today. The future of free-roaming buffalo in America depends on it!



* Last Words
"When we work for the emancipation of the buffalo we work for the emancipation of our dreams."
--Jared Manos
Great Plains Restoration Council



Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0070
buffaloatwildrockies.org
www.wildrockies.org/buffalo

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BFC
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
together!
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
For the Buffalo,
Su
bfc-programs@wildrockies.org


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