Starting today. Worried for the Buffalo. Not enough protection at all!
I am worried, too, Tasunka. Here is the article on it. So sad. How much more do these American icons have to suffer? The very animals that should be love, respected and protected.
BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
As BFC's 16th season in the field begins, wild buffalo that migrate into Montana are once again under the gun.
The state of Montana's eighth buffalo "hunt" season begins today, while some First Nations have already, or will soon begin to kill wild buffalo. Migrations take the buffalo across the man-made boundary from Yellowstone National Park into their Montana winter range, yet this habitat is essentially available to them only during the hunting seasons. Between the few tribes hunting under treaty right and Montana's hunt, wild buffalo are vulnerable to hunters for six months of the year: from mid-September through late-March. Sadly, this is something wolves and buffalo have in common in Montana.
To date, one bull buffalo has been shot by a member of the Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribes.
BFC maintains strong opposition to hunting wild buffalo, as they are an ecologically extinct wildlife species with no access to year-round habitat in Montana and are sorely mismanaged and abused by current management schemes. In addition to hunting, wild buffalo are subjected to abusive actions -- hazing, capture, slaughter, shooting in the field, quarantine, and experimental research -- all carried out under the taxpayer-funded Interagency Bison Management Plan. State, federal and tribal governments are anticipating that hundreds of wild buffalo will be killed this year, either through state and treaty hunting or government slaughter, or both.
BFC's field patrols in both the Gardiner and Hebgen Basins, north and west of Yellowstone's boundary, are in full force, monitoring the buffalo's migration, talking with hunters in hopes of building strong alliances for wild buffalo, and documenting all actions made against them by state and federal agencies. If we have a normal, cold and snowy winter things could go very badly for our friends the buffalo. As they follow their instincts to critical winter ranges and calving grounds they will be met with guns and traps.
Please join BFC in advocating for year-round habitat and lasting protection and respect of these gentle giants, America's last continuously wild populations. Please help keep us on the front lines, in the policy arena, and in the courts to defend these sacred beings, and visit our Take Action page and urge your Members of Congress to take action on behalf of America's last wild buffalo.
Vicky,but now that I've heard from the GYC, Greater Yellowstone Coalition,I am worried for the wolves there as well.
All those hunters needed was a ticket to murder them and now they've got one.
I ,and so many others are so worried about all the wolf slaughter
and not even reserved to this country. The Swedish have been unrelentingly killing their last rermaining wolves.
What a mess,and Pe'Sla still at risk!!!!
Tasunka, I am soooo angry and hurt that these killers of beautiful animals and American icons are allowed (and even encouraged) to kill! I can understand deer because when their numbers get so large, they need to be culled or disease sets in. But animals that are endangered should be protected at ALL COST! What concerns me also is that the public's outcries are just being ignored! What can we do? It appears just sit back and watch this massacre happen. We are helpless! I pray each day for God to interfere with this wanton slaughter!