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Jul 20, 2010
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Write Letter
Location: United States
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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