In response to Buffalo Field Campaign’s successful Freedom of Information Act appeal, Yellowstone National Park recently released records and information the government sought to withhold from the public.

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The disclosure includes 15 new records that were found after BFC’s successful appeal to the Solicitor’s Office in the Department of the Interior (Washington D.C.), that the park did not conduct a reasonably adequate search for responsive records.

BFC was also able to divulge information Yellowstone National Park blacked out, including what park biologists sent to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for its’ 12-month endangered species review of Yellowstone’s imperiled buffalo herds.

You can download the public records on BFC’s Freedom of Information web page. We encourage you to take a look at what our government is up to. You too have a role in shining a light on the fate of the wild buffalo herds remaining in Yellowstone.

As we review the records for insight into what our government is up to, BFC gives thanks to attorney Daniel Snyder, the Director of Public Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Project, in helping get the most information disclosed that we can.

Stay tuned. We’re still requesting the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland’s office to begin disclosing records BFC asked for in December 2023 on what the Washington D.C. leadership is doing (or not) for Yellowstone’s wild buffalo.

Darrell Geist, BFC Habitat Coordinator