* Update from the Field
Dear Friends of the Buffalo,
In this time of thankfulness we have some sad news. On Tuesday November
25th, another bull buffalo was shot dead by DOL agent Shane Grube
while running back towards the boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
He was some 25 yards shy of the border. Volunteers had to witness
the agents drag the dead bull to the facility where they proceeded
to fork-lift him onto a truck, gut and skin him, and remove his head.
Again another powerful animal died at the hands of the ignorant and
intolerant. The bull lived
way he knew how---"Wild and Free!" Even in death the Buffalo
continue to teach.
On this Thanksgiving day, from the field, I would like to give thanks
to the gifts that the Earth in this Yellowstone ecosystem continuously
bestows upon us. In this past week while out on patrol, volunteers
have been honored by a visiting pack of wolves, howling to others
in the distance while eight bull bison lay silent amidst the sage
brush, seemingly undisturbed by the presence of their predatory visitors.
A bald eagle soars overhead, scanning Duck Creek for a meal while
three otters break water as they come up for a look and quickly dive
under again. A lone moose can be seen in the pines. Two ravens chase
a Red-tailed hawk west of Sandy Butte. Each day in the field we are
reminded of the connectedness that lives in and through all things,
and that we are merely a strand in this huge web. As we stand in the
field with the buffalo, we are very Thankful.
With the Buffalo,
Roman, BFC Volunteer
Write a letter to the editor, call your Representative, and tell your
friends about the slaughter
The state of Montana says their reasons for "managing" our
last, wild buffalo in such a disrespectful and shameful way is to
protect the state's livestock industry's brucellosis-free status,
yet, there has *never* been a documented case of buffalo transmitting
the disease to domestic livestock. Moreover, bull buffalo pose nearly
zero threat because the disease is one that affects the reproductive
system, causing an infected female to abort her first fetus.
For more info please read the press release below and then please
*TAKE ACTION* to help stop the slaughter of America's wild buffalo.
These are the only living descendants of the great herds of millions
that once roamed America's landscape.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Every voice counts - everyone who takes action will
help make a difference for our buffalo. Here are three things you
and your friends can do:
1. Write a Letter to the Editor. A letter from you to local and national
press will show that the public supports the protection of our wild
buffalo, and abhors the shameful actions of the DOL. This is a terrific
way to get the word out to your community as well. If the papers you
subscribe to aren't covering the issue, ask that they do so. The slaughter
of our buffalo is a national tragedy and the media should be covering
it thoroughly. Information for submitting a letter to the editor is
found on the editorial page of your paper.
2. Contact your House Representative and strongly urge them to support
H.R. 3446, the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation Act. This is critical
*bipartisan* legislation aiming to put a halt on the slaughter of
Yellowstone's buffalo. More information on this bill can be found
To contact your House Representative go to:
3. Pass this on to at least five of your friends and colleagues -
help spread the word!
Many thanks for your help! It is up to us to stop the slaughter -
your action will make a difference.
Montana Department of Livestock Shoots Bull Buffalo on Yellowstone
National Park Boundary
For Immediate Release: November 25, 2003
Contact: Josh Osher (406) 646-0070
West Yellowstone, MT: A lone bull buffalo was shot by agents of the
Montana Department of Livestock at 9:15 this morning as he attempted
to return to Yellowstone National Park.
The bull was hazed toward the Duck Creek Capture Facility through
private property in the Duck Creek housing area. Agents were unable
to capture the buffalo and shot him from behind as he fled toward
the park across land owned by Dale Koelzer. Yellowstone Park rangers
Chris Mays witnessed the shooting, "The bull was less than fifty
yards from the park boundary when the DOL opened fire. It took five
shots to finally kill him and the agents were laughing and smiling
the whole time. There is no conceivable reason for them to kill bulls."
Bull buffalo are considered a "low risk" of transmitting
brucellosis, the state's justification for the slaughter. There has
never been a documented case of wild buffalo transmitting brucellosis
Congress took action to protect the Yellowstone herd earlier this
month with the introduction of the Yellowstone Buffalo Preservation
Act (H.R. 3446). The bipartisan legislation--which would stop the
hazing, capture, and slaughter of Yellowstone buffalo--was introduced
by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D) and Rep. Charles Bass (R) on November
The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the
field, everyday, to stop the slaughter of Yellowstone's wild buffalo.
Volunteers defend the buffalo on their traditional winter habitat
and advocate for their protection. Daily patrols stand with the buffalo
on the ground they choose to be on and document every move made against
Yellowstone bison are members of the only herd with continuously wild
ancestry on its native range. The herd is both genetically and behaviorally
unique. Today's kill marks the start of the DOL's 2003-2004 slaughter
season. Montana has killed more than 3,500 Yellowstone buffalo since
Video Footage and Interviews Available upon Request.
To view an article on the recent killing, paste the following address
into your browser:
*Thank you for Supporting our East Coast Tour
After spending nearly two months on the road, I would like to send
my heartfelt gratitude to each of you who made the East Coast Roadshow
so successful. I met with hundreds of caring and compassionate people
along the way, collected thousands of petition signatures, recruited
dozens of new volunteers, and made important alliances with grassroots
activists and community organizers.
Special thanks to those of you who helped organize presentations in
your communities and allowed us to share the plight of the buffalo
with East Coast audiences. The success of the roadshow is testament
to the power of grassroots advocacy.
Thank you Kate and the staff of the DC Patagonia store for starting
things off strong; Sound Tribe Sector Nine and the organizers of the
Harmonic Convergence Festival near Asheville, NC for letting us crash
the Green Space and blowing our minds in Appalachia; Warren of York
Pennsylvania for your kind heart; Barry and all the fine folks at
the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem, New York; Ibit and the
Environmental Studies Department at the University of Vermont; Tricia
and the organizers of the palate-pleasing Boston Vegetarian Society
Food Festival; Lynn and David for providing a home away from home
and making the Plymouth, NH show such a success; Jennifer and the
students and community members of Keene, New Hampshire and Antioch
New England; Cynthia and Chris at the University of New England for
inviting me to your classes; Suzie and Tricia and all the family and
friends who made the Cape Cod talk possible; Amy from Restore and
Stephanie and the staff of the Boston Patagonia Store; Christine at
Brown University; Danielle and all the anthropology students and faculty
at William and Mary; Christina, Danny, and the Blue Ridge Group Sierra
Club for organizing, accompanying, and travelling so far to attend
the Charlottesville talk and support the buffalo; Virginia for the
kindness, hospitality, and nourishment that made us feel such a part
of the Mattaponai Pow Wow; thanks to Judy K. Arvin of Feathers on
the Wind Studio for creating the beautiful and powerful "Tears
for the Bison" sculpture and travelling hundreds of miles to
hand-deliver it; Gerry and Students for Environmental Action for such
a lively and well-attended talk at Kansas State in Manhattan. Thank
you Stephany for the home-away-from-home in the Garden Pad and for
the love and inspiration that made it all possible.
Gratitude to the buffalo for bringing us together and standing strong
We will be returning to the East next Fall. If you are interested
in hosting an event, please get in touch!
For the Buffalo,
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Thanks so much to everyone that has helped us get ready for this winter
season with donations!!!
AND in the hollyday spirit - don't forget there are some beautifull
as well as goofy gifts that you can get at:
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758