We have great news to report: YOU STOPPED THE PLANNED
SLAUGHTER OF THE BUFFALO!!!!
This afternoon, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and
Yellowstone National Park held a joint press conference
in Helena, Montana, to announce that they WILL NOT SLAUGHTER
any wild buffalo that remain in Montana come Monday!
All those buffalo babies, their moms, and their families
will live on!
This is a major victory for wild buffalo and their advocates
worldwide! THANK YOU!
While the larger issue is far from being resolved, we
should all take a deep breath and give thanks for this
incredible news that we all helped make happen. The
power, prayers, energy, spirit, love, and ACTION of
all the people who care about the buffalo made this
Here are the buffalo you helped save: http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/photos/bisonphotos0607maycalves.html
The word from Montana and Yellowstone is this: any wild
buffalo found in Montana come Monday would be transported
(captured and hauled in trailers) into Yellowstone National
Park. They would be taken north, to Stephens Creek,
and let go. This transport could be very hard on the
buffalo, especially the small calves, so we are hopeful
that it will not have to occur at all.
The long-term solution for wild buffalo is year-round
HABITAT! Yesterday approximately 200 buffalo were forcefully
pushed out of Montana (off of our National Forest lands),
back into Yellowstone National Park. The agents used
horsemen and a helicopter to conduct this operation.
Today, the same thing happened, with about 50 buffalo
(moms, babies, families) being pushed off of Horse Butte,
deep into Yellowstone. Sadly, the buffalo were pushed
extremely hard - especially by the helicopter - and
they were shot with orange paint balls by the agents
on horseback. It almost looked like a re-enactment from
the shameful buffalo hunts of the 1800s. You can see
footage from yesterday at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.
During today's operation, a baby buffalo collapsed from
exhaustion and possible injury. BFC patrols stayed with
this little calf and its mom until they were able to
be strong enough to resume their trek to catch up with
their family members who had been chased out of Montana.
They made it!
This great victory is not without its shadow, as wild
buffalo should be allowed to roam freely in Montana,
especially on our public lands. We will keep fighting
for the buffalo until they are wild and free. But we
will celebrate that these buffalo will not be sent to
slaughter and that is because you made it happen! Thank
you all so much! You flooded them with calls, emails,
faxes and IT WORKED! The governor and Yellowstone made
the right decision.
Please take the time to call and say THANK YOU to Governor
Brian Schweitzer and Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne
Lewis for choosing to let these buffalo live. Encourage
them to work to acquire year-round habitat for wild
buffalo in Montana!
* Governor Brian Schweitzer: 406-444-3111
* Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis: 307-344-2002
From the bottom of our hearts and for all the wild buffalo
~ THANK YOU!!
LET THE BUFFALO ROAM!
~Buffalo Field Campaign