Confusion Concerning Facts Surrounding The Killing Of Bull Buffalo In Idaho…

UPDATE: July 28, 2012

This is most recent statement posted on the Buffalo Field Campaign’s website concerning the killing of the Yellowstone bull buffalo.

“This morning a bull buffalo that had migrated from the Yellowstone region into Island Park, Idaho was shot and killed. BFC patrols responded to the scene only to learn that the bull had been killed moments before we arrived by an Idaho Department of Agriculture official and the Fremont County sheriff’s office. The Nature Conservancy, who owns a ranch and grazes cattle in the area where the buffalo was killed–and at least one other resident–contacted the State of Idaho to notify them of the bull’s presence. According to what BFC learned, the Fremont County sheriff said they called Montana and Yellowstone National Park, neither of whom wanted the bull buffalo returned. The sheriff further claimed that the bull was a “danger” to campers in Idaho and posed a brucellosis “threat” to cattle, neither of which is true. Buffalo are gentle giants and have very clear ways of communicating, making it extremely easy to co-exist with them. Further, no wild buffalo has ever transmitted brucellosis back to the cattle they got it from, and it is basically impossible for a bull bison to transmit brucellosis. Idaho demonstrated this by leaving his guts and reproductive organs in the field after they killed him. BFC patrols responded that wild elk – who also carry brucellosis – roam freely throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the sheriff’s response was that elk “bring in revenue.”

This bull buffalo was a perfect example of natural restoration that wild buffalo will undertake if humans will only learn to relax their coveted control over all things wild and free, learn to co-exist, and welcome the rightful roamers of North America back on their native habitat.”

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1112/072612.html

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UPDATE: July 27, 2012

On July 26 I posted information about a bull buffalo, who migrated from the Yellowstone area to a Nature Conservancy Ranch in Idaho. The buffalo was shot and killed. This information came directly from the Buffalo Field Campaign.  They stated:

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Update from the Field: Idaho Stops Wild Bison Dead in His Tracks

“This morning a bull buffalo that had migrated from the Yellowstone region onto the Nature Conservancy-owned Flat Ranch was shot and killed. The Nature Conservancy, who grazes cattle on their ranch, acted in gross contradiction to their name and purpose by calling authorities to request that the bull be removed. BFC patrols responded to the scene only to learn that the bull had been killed moments before we arrived by a USDA official and the Fremont County sheriff’s office.

According to what BFC learned, the Fremont County sheriff said they called Montana and Yellowstone National Park, neither of whom wanted the bull buffalo returned. The sheriff further claimed that the bull was a “danger” to campers in Idaho and posed a brucellosis “threat” to cattle, neither of which is true. Buffalo are gentle giants and have very clear ways of communicating, making it extremely easy to co-exist with them. Further, no wild buffalo has ever transmitted brucellosis back to the cattle they got it from, and it is basically impossible for a bull bison to transmit brucellosis. Idaho demonstrated this by leaving his guts and reproductive organs in the field after they killed him. BFC patrols responded that wild elk – who also carry brucellosis – roam freely throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the sheriff’s response was that elk “bring in revenue.”

This bull buffalo was a perfect example of natural restoration that wild buffalo will undertake if humans will only learn to relax their coveted control over all things wild and free, learn to co-exist, and welcome the rightful roamers of North America back on their native habitat. Instead of conserving nature as their name implies, The Nature Conservancy is shamefully responsible for ending the life of the only wild bison in the state of Idaho.

The Nature Conservancy is shamefully responsible for ending the life of the only wild bison in the state of Idaho. While Idaho would likely have taken lethal action anyway, The Nature Conservancy should have stood their ground in defense of wildlife, especially an ecologically extinct species. 

Please hold The Nature Conservancy accountable for this unforgivable and incongruent action.

You can call Ruth Harbaum of The Nature Conservancy’s Flat Ranch, who made the call that killed the bull, at 208-558-7629, and let her know how disappointed you are by her and her organization’s actions. You may want to also contact the Idaho and National offices of The Nature Conservancy.”

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1112/072612.html

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Today The Wildlife News posted a retraction of their reporting of the story and the Nature Conservancy’s version of what happened. Here’s the link.

Nature Conservancy Statement Regarding Bison Killing in Idaho

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/07/27/nature-conservancy-statement-regarding-bison-killing-in-idaho/

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There is no further information about this situation on the Buffalo Field Campaign’s website that I could find. In light of that, I decided to remove my post.

I will update you if new facts or clarifications come to light concerning this incident. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Bison

Tags: Yellowstone bison shot and killed, Idaho, Buffalo Field Campaign, Nature Conservancy

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15 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. love Wolves

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  2. That sheriff is an ass.

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    • And that is putt it mildly.

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      • I meant to say,putting it mildly.Sorry.

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  3. What is going on in that country? Too many trigger happy white trash.

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  4. Unfortunately, with Idaho’s eagerness to hunt and kill, it is hard to believe the explanation. I certainly would not have liked to see the bison hit by a car. Was there no other way? Human overpopulation is pushing too many wild animals into danger, and few people want to talk about that. Suggesting that there could be too many people would be politically and religiously incorrect.

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    • Ok, I cant resist now. I will be pc and state here and now that THERE are TOO many PEOPLE, and especially too many unfeeling, trigger happy, brain dead mofo’s running around in state agency uniforms. Idaho is a nightmare. Please do not ever buy anything from this lame ass state.

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      • I don’t live in Idaho Amanda, but from what I have read, they do have their fair share of idiots. I also agree with you about there being too many selfish, inconsiderate people around these days.

        The world’s population EXPLOSION is unbelievable and it seems that those who should not breed, because they cannot even afford to feed the kids they have, carry on! Which leads me to think that they don’t have the brains to realise what they are doing, so they should not be allowed to breed anyway.

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  5. To repeat, The Nature Conservancy did not have any part in this killing.

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  6. Is that so?According to them a volunteer called out of concern for the buffalo. what about this statement:
    The Conservancy has long been a leader in bison management and conservation, returning bison to a number of its preserves across the
    Great Plains and, most recently, into northern Mexico.
    Why didn’t they do this for one lone buffalo.
    TNC have cruelly snared feral pigs in Hawaii and do not oppose hunting plus read more of their duplicity here:
    https://friendsofanimals.org/actionline/fall-2003/nature-conservancy-learned.php

    http://articles.latimes.com/1997-02-11/local/me-27612_1_nature-conservancy

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    • Ok, Im officially creeped out by the story. Nature Conservancy will never see another dime from me.

      They had to drive the sheep back to another part of the island so they slaughtered them? That does not make sense. Did they not ever hear of using sheep dogs or herding dogs? This is the way moving sheep has been done for millennia.

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  7. Yes, The Nature Conservancy seems totally blameless in matter. The inaccurate information came from a source who told the Buffalo Field Campaign.

    Idaho should be the focus of concern about killing a bison that could not threaten any livestock by disease.

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  8. Reblogged this on Collision of Worlds.

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  9. I left them a message on facebook and told them I would no longer be using their facebook page or their google site. They have no right to pick who or what lives or dies.

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  10. estoy decuerdo nadie decide eso la vida o la muerte de una especie

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