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Jul 20, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
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Yellowstone Park officials are currently considering the use of air rifles to shoot Yellowstone’s wild buffalo with “biobullets” that contain an ineffective vaccine against the disease brucellosis. Vaccinated buffalo will then be marked with paintballs.

The “remote vaccination” plan is risky, costly, and full of uncertainty. And while Yellowstone's buffalo, America’s only continuously wild buffalo population, desperately need to be allowed to roam on more habitat outside the park, this remote vaccination plan is not likely to lead to more tolerance.

In fact, the remote vaccination plan has been primarily proposed to appease a small special interest group: local livestock producers.

Is that how you think Yellowstone National Park should be managed?

Under the multi-agency agreement that has governed Yellowstone's buffalo for the past decade, park administrators agreed to analyze the feasibility of remote vaccination. Yet even Yellowstone National Park sounds less than enthusiastic about this “air rifle and biobullet” plan.

Regarding the plan, the spokesman for Yellowstone was recently quoted as saying, “It’d take a lot of effort, a lot of money and a lot of time, and there would be a limited result.”

We cannot allow the “remote vaccination” plan to go forward. That’s why we need you to mail in a comment letter opposing the plan before the July 26th deadline.

Even if your letter is just a few lines, it could still have a big impact. If you wish, you can include some of the talking points below.

Please make sure your letter is postmarked by July 26th and mail it to:

Bison Ecology & Management Office
Center for Resources
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Once you’ve sent your letter, will you let us know by reply email to
biogemsinfo@nrdc.org? This will allow us to keep track of the volume of comment letters.
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Posted: Jul 20, 2010 8:06pm
May 21, 2010

These are 2 causes very dear to me.  

For the Oil Spill you can donate any amount 
      and
for the Adopt an Acre (to buy lands for the bison and other wildlife) you can adopt one acre for $7.50.  For EVERY dollar you donate it will be matched by the NWF.

Please give what you can and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.   If you know anyone who would like to help please forward this to them, too.

God bless you.

Vicky

(OIL SPILL)
https://online.nwf.org/site/Donation2?df_id=16662&16662.donation=form1&f={270FF1B0-412B-407C-B0C2-8DA7F1E19786}&c={E2F1ADDC-AF52-4FBD-ABC0-6BC16D4E9107}&p={663D8F4E-3738-4E6E-A4CD-FB5983CB0719}&a=Oil+spill+-+donate+now

(ADOPT AN ACRE)
http://www.nwf.org/wildlife/wildlife-acre.aspx

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Posted: May 21, 2010 9:33pm
May 21, 2010

Buffalo have been forced to travel for many many miles - upwards of 20 - nonstop, without rest.  Perhaps a quarter of these buffalo are newborn calves, and scores of them pregnant mothers who have yet to give birth, or who are in labor at the time of the haze.  As I write, patrols are reporting that they've spotted a mama buffalo with a wet calf, brand new to the world and about to experience the dark side of the human race.  They are being forced to travel at unnatural distances and speeds that a mother buffalo would never ask her baby to cover under natural circumstances.  Inexorable government forces push them over terrain and swollen waterways difficult to negotiate under fear, as they are pursued by federally-funded cowfolks on horseback, federal, state and county law enforcement, and the Montana Department of Livestock's helicopter.   It is heart-wrenching to see these buffalo tormented so, little babies doing everything they can to keep up with mom, no matter how far or how fast; moms trying to shelter their babies from harm, entire family groups trying to escape the yelling predators in cowboy hats and the metal bird that threatens to land upon their backs and devour them.   And this, so say the grinning agents, is the "kinder alternative" to slaughter that bison advocates are supposed to be thankful for.

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Posted: May 21, 2010 7:02pm
Dec 22, 2009

** SPECIAL ALERT!  **

Buffalo Field Campaign



Dear Friends of the Buffalo,

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has released a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) on the translocation of quarantined Yellowstone bison and is seeking your input through January 12, 2010. 

FWP's preferred alternative outlines the agency's intention to hand over 74 Yellowstone bison to billionaire Ted Turner, setting the dangerous precedent of commercializing public bison.  BFC has strongly opposed quarantine, alternatively advocating for wild bison to be naturally restored on their historic range via protected habitat and migration corridors.  That said, it is important that bison advocates try to help these quarantined Yellowstone buffalo get out of captivity and be released onto public and/or tribal lands, as was the stated goal of the Quarantine Feasibility Study.

Learn more and TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Comments are due January 12, 2010.  

Alternatively, you may mail your comments to:
Bison Translocation
Wildlife Division
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
P.O. Box 200701
Helena, MT  59620-0701
Email: QFBison@mt.gov  

Thank you so much for being a voice for America's last wild population of buffalo! 

Roam Free,

Media & Outreach
Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
406-646-0070
bfc-media@wildrockies.org
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

YOU CAN USE THIS LINK:

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2426/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=28153

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Posted: Dec 22, 2009 9:08am
Dec 10, 2009

*****  Email Superintendent Erickson with a message of thanks and encouragement at mcerickson@fs.fed.us *****



Wild buffalo on Horse Butte last April.  BFC file photo.

We have excellent news to share with you:  Gallatin National Forest recently made the decision to close the public lands cattle grazing allotments on Horse Butte. The allotments have been vacant and unused for several years, but vacancy status leaves an open door for cattle to return.  Now that they are closed, this helps permanently protect Horse Butte from the destructive presence of cattle, and will help efforts to open Horse Butte to wild bison year round.

We encourage everyone to please send a big thank you to Gallatin National Forest Superintendent Mary Erickson for making this landmark decision.  Let her know that these are the positive steps the Forest Service should take to provide year-round habitat for America's last wild bison population.  This decision will also help protect habitat for all the wild creatures that inhabit Horse Butte, including grizzly bears, wolves, western toads and the purple monkey flower.

Email Superintendent Erickson with a message of thanks and encouragement at
mcerickson@fs.fed.us

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Posted: Dec 10, 2009 5:48pm
Dec 4, 2009
* Update from the Field

A bull buffalo was shot yesterday on Horse Butte.  For a few weeks he had maintained a space for himself outside of the hunt zone, in the buffalo-friendly Yellowstone Village housing area.  The last time we saw him alive
he was bedded down inside Montana's largest "buffalo safe zone" on the Galanis property.   I can still see his wooly head and horns just peaking over a small rise, hoping that he would keep refuge there, but knowing that buffalo will go where they choose, even if the consequences are fatal.  The Galanis property borders Gallatin National Forest land which is in the hunt zone; once he stepped across that imaginary line he became a target and was killed.

It feels as if something has been stolen from the landscape; the bullet extinguished his beneficial and majestic presence, further diminishing the wild bison gene pool by yet another senseless killing of a species moving toward extinction.  The Montana Department of Livestock has manipulated wildlife management so severely that hunters are blindly doing some of the killing for them.  They call it a hunt but to me it looks more like just another way to kill buffalo that step into Montana.  Wild bison still have no year-round habitat in Montana and they are ecologically extinct through most of their native range.  Hunting wild bison is extremely premature and bison need to be given the opportunity to recover as a wildlife species in Montana before a hunt can be deemed fair, sustainable, or even ethical.

Snow has been slow to come this season, and we hope that means fewer buffalo will need to make the journey into Montana while the hunt is underway.  For those that do, we will be watching over them, and while we cannot stop the bullet, we can give all we have to help change hearts and minds.

Roam Free,
~Stephany
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