28 Held at Stephens Creek in Montana

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For Immediate Release - March 25, 2024

Contact: Mike Mease, campaign coordinator, Buffalo Field Campaign, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (406) 830-7493, (406) 646-0070

Gardiner, MT – A group of 28 buffalo migrating into Gardiner Basin were recently trapped by Yellowstone National Park at Stephens Creek near Gardiner, Montana. The group were the first buffalo to migrate into the basin this season.

Another group of 49 buffalo migrated beyond Yellowstone National Park’s trap where 5 buffalo were harvested by treaty tribe hunters in Beattie Gulch on the Custer Gallatin National Forest. The remaining buffalo retreated from the National Forest to Yellowstone National Park.

“Luring and trapping buffalo inside Yellowstone Park is a decades-long practice that continues because of Montana’s stance to not permit a self-sustaining wild buffalo population in the state,” said James Holt, Buffalo Field Campaign's Executive Director. “Wild buffalo herds should be thriving on millions of acres of National public trust lands but for the capitulation of the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service to Montana’s plan of managing wild buffalo for extinction.”

Buffalo Field Campaign is calling on Yellowstone National Park to stop trapping wild buffalo in America’s first National Park.

Buffalo Field Campaign is a nonprofit group based in West Yellowstone, Montana working to protect America’s last wild bison in Yellowstone.

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