UPDATE FROM THE FIELD (BFC file photo from Stephany.)
More than 90 of America's last wild, migratory buffalo have been killed by state and treaty hunters so far this season. Since our last Update, 18 more buffalo have been gunned down in the Gardiner Basin, at Beattie Gulch, barely having crossed over the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. The "fair chase" ethics so embraced by hunters appears to be non-existent; the buffalo haven't even had a chance to experience some of the new expanded habitat areas in the Gardiner Basin because hunters are literally waiting at the park boundary -- not far from their vehicles -- to shoot them.
Three of these buffalo were killed by state tag holders, while 15 were killed by hunters with the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (CSKT), one of the IBMP-affiliated tribes that have entered into buffalo slaughter contracts with Yellowstone National Park. The CSKT have killed more buffalo this season than any other hunting group. Of the 91 buffalo that have so far been taken, 68 have been killed by the CSKT, and should capture and slaughter operations take place this year, as we anticipate, the CSKT will acquire hundreds of wild buffalo to take directly to the slaughterhouse.
Shooting an ecologically extinct wildlife species in a state that doesn't even have a resident population is not hunting; it is extermination. Please visit the Take Action page below to help end the war against wild, migratory bison.