On The Trail With Yellowstone’s Wild Bison….

It was a snowy March day in Yellowstone National Park, very cold. We hiked out of West Yellowstone and were lucky to briefly share the trail with several of  Yellowstone’s wild, free-roaming, bison. It was an honor to be in their presence, I hope you enjoy this short video.

Please support the Buffalo Field Campaign and the vital work they’re doing to protect and save America’s last genetically pure wild bison herd. They are in serious danger. Winter 2013/2014, 653 bison were slaughtered. Just this week a bull buffalo was killed by a Montana hunter. They need America’s help!

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Buffalo Field Campaign

Bison Threatened, Bighorn Dying in Gardiner Basin‏
* Update from the Field
* TAKE ACTION! Support ESA Listing for Wild Bison

Another bull buffalo was killed by a Montana hunter this week, bringing the total to five. One by one the buffalo migrate across Yellowstone’s boundary, and one by one they are killed. Once again, there is not a single wild buffalo in Montana. The current hunt is no more than an extermination program set up to satisfy livestock industry’s intolerance for this national icon.

Government agencies plan to kill 900 to 1,000 buffalo this season through hunting and slaughter. BFC and Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program filed an emergency rule-making petition to stop the slaughter but the government has yet to respond. Mild weather has so far stemmed large migrations, keeping the larger population of buffalo alive for now.

Click HERE to visit their site and learn how you can help Yellowstone’s wild bison!

Yellowstone Bison_2013

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Video: YouTube Nabeki

Photo: Nabeki

Posted in: Yellowstone’s Wild Free Roaming Bison, Biodiversity

Tags: Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone Bison, Buffalo Field Campaign, Support ESA listing for Wild Bison

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Action Alert: Petition to List the Yellowstone Bison as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Yellowstone Bison_2013

November 14, 2014

Update: I made this a little confusing. There is no petition to sign. Western Watersheds Project and Buffalo Field Campaign petitioned the USFWS to list Yellowstone bison as threatened or endangered.

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Petition to List the Yellowstone Bison as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act

Western Watersheds Project & Buffalo Field Campaign

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/ESAPetition20141113.pdf

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From the Buffalo Field Campaign

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for the Imperiled Yellowstone Bison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 13, 2014

Press Contacts:
Travis Bruner, Executive Director, Western Watersheds Project, 208-788-2290
Michael Connor, Western Watersheds Project, 818-345-0425
Daniel Brister, Executive Director, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-646-0070
Darrell Geist, Habitat Coordinator, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-531-9284

FACT SHEET: WHY YELLOWSTONE BISON ARE THREATEND WITH EXTINCTION

MONTANA: Western Watersheds Project and Buffalo Field Campaign petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) today to list the Yellowstone bison under the Endangered Species Act. Yellowstone bison are found primarily in Yellowstone National Park and migrate into the jurisdictions of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming where the wildlife species is forcibly removed or destroyed completely. Yellowstone bison are the only extant wildlife population of plains bison that retains its genetic integrity and still freely roams in the United States.

Nearly all plains bison in the United States are private livestock and/or descendants of bison that were commercially interbred with cattle. These hybridized cattle-bison no longer retain their identity as plains bison, or status as a wildlife species in privately owned herds. All privately owned bison are managed as livestock. Nearly all publicly held bison exist in small, isolated populations on restricted and fenced ranges with no predators and subject entirely to human selection.

The best available science presented in the petition shows that the Yellowstone bison are unique, significant, and genetically and behaviorally distinct. For this reason, the Yellowstone bison population is critical to the overall survival and recovery of the species.

“Prompt listing under the Endangered Species Act is required if this last remnant population of plains bison is to survive and recover,” stated Travis Bruner of Western Watersheds Project.
“The extirpation of the unique Yellowstone bison would represent the complete loss of wild bison from the last stronghold of their historic and ecological range, loss of unique ecological adaptations to the local environment, and the loss of valuable and unique genetic qualities.” stated Michael Connor of Western Watersheds Project.

The petition catalogues the many threats that Yellowstone bison face. Specific threats include: extirpation from their range to facilitate livestock grazing, livestock diseases and disease management practices by the government, overutilization, trapping for slaughter, hunting, ecological and genomic extinction due to inadequate management, and climate change.

The Yellowstone bison population is comprised of genetically and behaviorally distinct subpopulations with differing migration patterns. The wild migratory species uses a significant portion of the geothermal habitats in Yellowstone National Park, an unusual ecological adaptation unique to Yellowstone bison.
“The wild bison living in and around Yellowstone National Park are the only bison in America to continuously occupy their native habitat since the days when tens of millions migrated freely across the continent,” said BFC Executive Director Dan Brister. “A listing under the Endangered Species Act is necessary to ensure the survival of this iconic species.”

Policies of the National Park Service and National Forest Service, and state regulatory mechanisms threaten rather than protect the Yellowstone bison and their habitat. Since 2000, the Park has taken over 3,600 bison in capture for slaughter operations. The Forest Service issues livestock grazing permits in bison habitat. State regulatory mechanisms in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming all result in the forced removal or complete destruction of bison migrating beyond Park borders.
The groups have requested the USFWS issue an initial finding on the petition within 90 days as required by the Endangered Species Act.

Once numbering tens of millions, there were fewer than 25 wild bison remaining in the remote interior of Pelican Valley in Yellowstone National Park at the turn of the 20th Century. The 1894 Lacey Act, the first federal law specifically safeguarding bison, protected these few survivors from extinction.
The petition is available online download the PDF, HERE.

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/press1415/pressreleases1415/111314.html

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Photo: Nabeki 2013

Posted in: Action Alerts, Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison

Tags: Yellowstone Bison, Western Watersheds Project, Buffalo Field Campaign, ESA, protect Yellowstone Bison

Save The Yellowstone Bison!

(From the Buffalo Field Campaign)

“NEW FILM: Silencing the Thunder
Independent film maker and Montana State University student, Eddie Roqueta, has just released an incredible 26-minute documentary about the ongoing war against America’s last wild buffalo.”

Yellowstone Bison_2013

Winter 2013 –  Magnificent Yellowstone buffalo, one of  the last wild, free roaming bison. A natural treasure!

Please help save them! Stop the slaughter!

Visit the Buffalo Field Campaign for more information.

Just like the wolves, bison are voiceless, speak for them!

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Yellowstone to cull (kill) 900 buffalo this year

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Buffalo Field Campaign

http://buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1415/101614.html

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Photo: Nabeki 2013

Posted in: Yellowstone Wild Free Roaming Bison, Activism, Biodiversity

Tags: Yellowstone Bison, Silencing The Thunder, Independant Film Maker Eddie Roqueta, Save the Yellowstone Bison, Buffalo Field Campaign

Published in: on October 18, 2014 at 2:09 am  Comments (13)  

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter Given Green Light…..

UPDATE: February 16, 2011

Schweitzer halts bison slaughter

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_891762e0-3979-11e0-a85a-001cc4c002e0.html

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2006 Bison Slaughter (BFC): Yellowstone Kills 758 of Last 4000 Wild Bison [Jan ’06]…from BFC

2008 Bison Slaughter: Yellowstone Bison Being Shipped to Slaughterhouse

“On Mar. 18, another 62 bison were loaded onto cattle trucks and sent to slaughter. This video, taken by Tim Stevens of the National Parks Conservation Association, shows federal and state agents loading these majestic beast like cattle.”…from GreaterYellowstone

2008 Bison Slaughter: “Montana Dept of Livestock and Yellowstone National Park are engaging in inhumane and cruel corralling of wild buffalo from their safe haven of Yellowstone. These buffalo are too large for the alleyways they are prodded through, tear skin from their bodies, rip horns from their heads, flip over, get trampled and die through this process. Get involved. Take action. Write your Senators, Congressmen and Yellowstone. Keep up with the latest through Buffalo Field Campaign”…from buffalomatter

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Do you want to see this? Bison grazing in the Lamar Valley.


Or This?

From The Buffalo Field Campaign: Two calves at risk for injury – Captured bison in first holding pen. 08-JUN-2007

“The cropped photo was taken soon after the group of approximately 40 bison including calves had been hazed and herded into the capture facility’s holding pen on National Forest land just east of Yellowstone National Park. This photo is yet another documenting of the fact that hazing and penning is risky for bison calves. When Yellowstone National Park was created, its western and northern borders cut through natural areas wherein bison move freely and forage. The capture facility is near habitat quite natural for the buffalo and stands as the major reason they migrate from the Park in winter and spring. These not large locales are mostly in National Forest adjoining Yellowstone, and should be codified as bison sanctuary.”….from the BFC
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Yellowstone’s bison lost in court, a federal judge cleared the way for 217 bison, who tested positive for brucellosis, to be sent to slaughter, out of the 525 that have been penned so far. That’s Monday’s count. It could go higher. Environmental groups are expected to appeal this decision. The bison’s only hope lies with the appeal.

The bison are hungry and leaving the park for their lower elevation feeding grounds. That’s what they’ve been doing for thousands of years before there was a Yellowstone National Park or The Montana Department of Livestock or cattle. Cattle are a non-native species that trample native grasses, pollute watersheds and are the cause of untold suffering. Wolves and bison are being sacrificed on the “sacred cow altar”.

The videos show what shipping our iconic bison to slaughter looks like. Why is the guy smiling while prodding bison, in the third video @ 1:14?

These videos from 2006 and 2008 are gut wrenching to watch. But please share them with everyone you know who cares about wildlife. As unpleasant as they are, they need to be seen by as many people as possible. How many more years are we going to allow this to go on? Isn’t it time to put these archaic, brutal policies to bed? Those bison are descended from the last of the great buffalo herds, that once roamed this country by the millions and we’re letting the cattle industry kill them.  Why???

Slaughtering Yellowstone’s bison is a tragedy that plays out year after year yet nobody has been able to stop this madness. “Is this the Year of  the Bison”?  Will it stop this year? Not according to U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell.

“Distasteful as the lethal removal may be to some, it is clearly one of the foremost management tools – time honored – necessarily utilized to protect the species, the habitat, and the public,” the judge wrote.

Time honored?  Time honored by whom? Certainly not the people who care about the iconic bison and certainly not by the bison themselves, who’s only crime is to live in a world where you are killed for being hungry. Does this make any sense to you?

What image is conjured in your mind when you think of  Montana? Beautiful mountains, parks, wild rivers or bison sent to slaughter for the crime of being hungry? Or is it the hundreds of dead wolves sacrificed for the sacred cow?

Montana is shooting its tourism industry in the foot. People from all over the world come to see Yellowstone’s wild free-free roaming bison. They are clearly worth much more alive than dead but the Montana Department of Livestock and their minions  would rather round them up like cattle for slaughter in the name of their red herring excuse, brucellosis.

There has not been one single documented case of bison transferring brucellosis to cattle. BUT there have been cases by the other brucellosis carrying animal,  that’s allowed to roam freely in Montana, ELK!! Why aren’t elk rounded up, tested and slaughtered? Because the hunting lobby would scream to high heaven. Oh FWP announced they’re going to carry out a brucellosis study on elk but elk are still allowed to range freely, NEAR CATTLE. How in the world is the bison slaughter justified when there is a double standard between elk and bison? It’s a selective crisis and it’s killing Yellowstone’s iconic buffalo.

WAKE UP AMERICA!! THESE BISON ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. THEY ARE ALREADY THREATENED WITH A GENETIC FLAW THAT COMBINED WITH SLAUGHTER COULD DOOM THEM!!

The real reason bison are prisoners in Yellowstone National Park and  are sent to slaughter if they dare leave,  is the cattle industry does not want bison competing with cattle for grass. That’s it. Forget brucellosis.  It’s all about precious cattle and competition for grazing land.

There is something pro-active you can do to help bison and wolves right now.  Stop eating beef.  That would be a powerful way to hit the livestock industry in its wallet, where it hurts. It may sound radical but it’s not as hard as you might think. Evey time you enjoy a steak or grab a hamburger at McDonald’s think about the untold suffering and destruction the cattle industry has wrought, not just in this country but around the world. Even if you slowed your consumption of beef it would help. The bison would thank you, the cows who suffer greatly would thank you and the wolves would definitely thank you. Think about it.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE TO GOVERNOR SCHWEITZER. IF YOU’RE PLANNING A TRIP TO MONTANA LET HIM KNOW YOU’VE DECIDED TO SPEND YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS ELSEWHERE, UNTIL THEY STOP SLAUGHTERING YELLOWSTONE’S FREE ROAMING WILD BISON.

Governor Brian Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529

Comments: CLICK HERE

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Judge clears way for Yellowstone bison slaughter

By Laura Zuckerman Mon Feb 14, 8:55 pm ET

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday denied a request from environmentalists to halt the execution of buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, a ruling that clears the way for hundreds of buffalo to be shipped to slaughter.

To read the rest of the story CLICK HERE


Videos: Courtesy GreaterYellowstone, BFC, buffalomatter

Photos: Courtesy Buffalo Field Campaign, Public Domain Images

Posted: Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison, biodiversity

Tags: Bison slaughter, archaic brutal management tools, brucellosis red herring, Yellowstone’s iconic bison, Montana Tourism


From New West: Is Gardiner, Montana, the Selma, Alabama, of Wildlife Conservation?

This is a must read article written by Michael Leach on the brutal, heavy-handed treatment Yellowstone’s iconic bison are receiving. We can thank the members of the  Inter-agency Bison Management Plan, including the National Park Service, USDA-Forest Service, USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks. Shame on what you are doing to Yellowstone’s bison!!

Is Gardiner, Montana, the Selma, Alabama, of Wildlife Conservation?

On bigotry and bison management at Yellowstone National Park.

By Michael Leach, Guest Writer, 2-09-11

http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/is_gardiner_montana_the_selma_alabama_of_wildlife_conservation/C41/L41

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5/14/09 Montana Department of Livestock chasing baby buffalo with broken leg.

 

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Video: Courtesy Buffalo Field Campaign

Photo: Courtesy of Public-Domain-Image.com

Posted in: Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison

Tags: brutal treatment of bison, bison hazing, bison slaughter, IBMP


Slaughter Plus Genetic Flaw Could Doom Yellowstone’s Bison!

UPDATE: February 9, 2011

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter Debated in Court

http://www.yellowstoneinsider.com/20110209734/news/articles/yellowstone-bison-slaughter-debated-in-court.php

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UPDATE: February 8, 2011

The Department of the Interior, headed by rancher Ken Salazar, is asking a federal judge not to interfere  with the slaughter of Yellowstone’s iconic bison.

It’s so comforting to have a rancher in charge of the Interior. We can only thank President Obama,  he appointed him.

Maybe Mr. Salazar should read the study I posted below to realize slaughtering Yellowstone’s bison may create the perfect storm, which could  lead to their demise. Protecting the “sacred cow” is all the Interior and Montana cattle industry seem to care about, not bison losing their vital genetics. We can’t have those pesky beasts wandering out of the park, like they’ve done for thousands of years, before Yellowstone existed, now can we?

Give up the brucellosis scare tactic Montana cattle industry and tell us why you really don’t want bison outside the park. Bison competing with cattle for grazing land? Come on fess up!! The feds just admitted it.

“Federal officials also claim that the animals could cause property damage, compete with livestock for grazing and destroy crops.”

Feds ask judge to stay out of bison slaughter issue

Posted: Feb 8, 2011 7:10 AM by KPAX News Staff
Updated: Feb 8, 2011 7:11 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Interior has asked a federal judge in Montana not to intervene in the pending slaughter of bison captured after migrating out of Yellowstone National Park.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the article.

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Yellowstone’s bison are under the gun. The Montana Department of Livestock with cooperation from the National Park Service are rounding them up like cattle and vowing to kill any bison that tests positive for brucellosis.  Hundreds of bison have been placed in holding pens for the crime of leaving the park in search of food.  The “brucellosis disease scare” is just a cover IMO. The cattle industry does not want to share grazing land with the bison, they fear bison competing with their cows. That’s what this is all about.

Elk carry the disease and they are allowed to freely roam in Montana without being rounded up, tested and slaughtered. What does that tell you?

A brief  has been filed by Western Watersheds ProjectThe Buffalo Field Campaign and other wildlife groups, asking for an emergency injunction  to stop the slaughter.

Outrage is continuing to mount over this tragedy. Now a new threat to the bison has been revealed, which combined with the slaughter could doom Yellowstone’s wild free-roaming bison.

Study links Yellowstone bison fate to genetic flaw

By Laura Zuckerman

SALMON, Idaho | Tue Feb 8, 2011 2:00am GMT

(Reuters) – A congenital defect combined with U.S. government plans to kill bison exposed to an infectious cattle disease could doom America’s last wild herd of pure-bred buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, a genetics expert said in a new study.

The findings were posted on Monday in Nature Precedings, an online archive for pre-publication research by scientists, as the government and environmental groups clashed in court over an icon of Western wildlife that dates to prehistoric times.

Government managers continue to corral hundreds of bison whose search for food has led them to stray from Yellowstone into nearby Montana grazing lands.

Livestock producers fear bison will spread brucellosis, a bacterial infection that can cause domestic cows to miscarry.

A planned slaughter of captive bison that test positive for exposure to brucellosis was placed on hold by the National Park Service last week after conservationists brought a lawsuit challenging the program.

On Monday, the Park Service filed a response reasserting its right to kill as many as 1,600 head of buffalo this year, depending on how the winter progresses.

The agency denied environmentalists’ claims that killing brucellosis-exposed buffalo — 76 are already slated for slaughter — would irreparably damage the herd.

But the study from Thomas Pringle, a biochemist on the genomic team for the University of California at Santa Cruz, faulted the government as overlooking a hereditary weakness in the bison herd that could be amplified by the culling program.

He found that most Yellowstone bison whose DNA were tested carried a genetic mutation that affects cellular metabolism and makes bison lethargic, rendering them less capable of foraging in deep snow, fending off predators and competing for mates.

Pringle, whose work on other genomes has appeared in professional journals such as Science and Nature, said his bison research demonstrates that culling of the wild herd based on brucellosis, rather on the health of their genes, may push the species over the edge into a form of extinction.

“They’re taking a really high risk of killing bison with healthy genes and getting into a situation where they can’t go back; the good DNA will be lost,” said Pringle, whose paper relies on published genetic data, analyses of bison fossils and samples from herds at national parks like Yellowstone.

Pringle said he was motivated to release his findings in advance of scientific peer review because Yellowstone bison can’t afford the months-long wait while his paper is accepted for formal publication. (The study is posted here)

A Yellowstone spokesman said the Park Service was not immediately acquainted with Pringle’s study.

Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone each year to watch wildlife like bison, whose numbers are estimated at 3,700. The West is home to several conservation bison bands, but Yellowstone’s are prized as the last wild, pure-bred herds, according to the Park Service. Other conservation herds have DNA contaminated with cattle genes from cross-breeding in the late 19th century, a Park Service report shows.

Hunting west of the Mississippi reduced herds that once numbered in the millions to the fewer than 50 that found refuge in Yellowstone in the early 20th century.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/02/08/us-bison-yellowstone-idUKTRE7170DA20110208


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Please continue to write to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer and let him know how you feel about this outrage. Remind him visitors come from all over the world to see wild Yellowstone bison, they don’t want them slaughtered for the  “sacred cow”.   Please  sign the petition on The Buffalo Field Campaign’s website to stop the slaughter of  Yellowstone’s wild free-roaming bison. They are a national treasure. Speak up for them before it’s too late!!

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Bison Slaughter A Smoke Screen for Livestock Industry

By George Wuerthner, Unfiltered 2-07-11


http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/bison_slaughter_smokescreen_for_livestock_industry/C564/L564/

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Guest opinion: Bison deserve homes on Montana range

http://billingsgazette.com/news/opinion/guest/article_c02eedac-b2e2-5c4f-be4c-5c22e9b1b4d9.html

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Photos: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons and kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison. Biodiversity

Tags: Montana Department of Livestock, bison under the gun, bison genetic flaw

Published in: on February 8, 2011 at 3:49 am  Comments (8)  

How Many More Yellowstone Bison Will Be Sacrificed On The Cow Altar?

UPDATE: February 5, 2011

Plan to slaughter stray Yellowstone bison ignites furor

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110205/us_nm/us_yellowstone_bison

Please sign the Buffalo Field Campaign’s Petition To Stop The Slaughter of Yellowstone’s Bison

CLICK HERE TO SIGN:

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Here we go again. Yellowstone bison are in danger of being slaughtered because they are daring to leave the park in search of food. A request for an emergency injunction, to stop the slaughter, has been filed by Western Watersheds Project, BFC and other wildlife groups. To read the brief CLICK HERE.

This winter has been extremely harsh in Yellowstone National Park and the bison are HUNGRY!! They are leaving the park to access better feeding grounds but Montana livestock officials are having none of it. Bison are being stopped at the border, rounded up and put in holding pens. Why? Because the excuse is SOME bison carry brucellosis. Really? So do ELK!!

From the Buffalo Field Campaign:

The fact that elk also carry brucellosis, yet are not slaughtered as a result, reveals an inconsistency in the Montana Department of Livestock’s logic. Over 100,000 elk are allowed to roam freely in and around Yellowstone National Park’s borders. Elk hunting is also a tremendous source of revenue for the State of Montana and there would be tremendous public outcry from outfitters and the hunting public if there were a slaughter of the elk. Slaughtering the buffalo makes no sense when there is always the risk of reinfection from the elk. The real issue is the competition between buffalo and cattle public-lands forage. The livestock industry has no interest in sharing these public lands with America’s largest free-ranging herd of buffalo.

Yes, precious elk carry the same disease, yet they are allowed to run freely though out Montana. If elk can roam free, while carrying brucellosis, why are bison singled out?  Because as was previously stated outfitters and hunters would have a fit. That seems to drive everything in Montana. What hunters, ranchers and outfitters want, they get. Dead wolves? Dead bison? Two species being sacrificed on the cow altar.

The captured bison are being tested for brucellosis. ALL bison testing positive are due to be shipped to slaughter. These animals, pushed by hunger,  have been sentenced to death because they tried to access their lower elevation feeding grounds. Does it get any harsher than that?

The remaining bison are supposed to be held in the holding pens until Spring but in reality the pens only hold 400 animals and they’re almost full. With more and more bison wandering out of the park in search of food, there will be no pens left to hold them. Will 2011 be a repeat of  the slaughter of 2008?

“In 2008, a record 1,600 bison were killed leaving the park, including more than 1,400 that were shipped to slaughter.” (AP)

The Buffalo Field Campaign has done a tremendous job monitoring and working to protect Yellowstone’s wild free-roaming bison. BFC has teamed up with Western Watersheds Project and other wildlife advocates to try to prevent the latest round of killings of America’s iconic bison. A brief has been filed asking  for an emergency injunction, to prevent the bison from being carted off to slaughter.

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400 Bison Captured In Yellowstone; BFC Files Emergency Injunction to Stop Slaughter

Weekly Update from the Field February 3, 2011

Update from the Field: Park Service Captures 400 Bison; BFC Files Emergency Injunction to Stop Slaughter
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1011/020311.html

Bison were once nearly extinct in the US, destroyed along with the Native American way of life. Estimates of 25 to 50 million bison were wiped out during the settlement of  America. The history of this country is drenched in bison blood. Yet the harassment and killing of Yellowstone’s iconic wild free-roaming bison continues, all in the name of the sacred cow?

“The US Army sanctioned and actively endorsed the wholesale slaughter of bison herds.[28] The US federal government promoted bison hunting for various reasons, to allow ranchers to range their cattle without competition from other bovines, and primarily to weaken the North American Indian population by removing their main food source and to pressure them onto the reservations.[29] Without the bison, native people of the plains were forced either to leave the land or starve to death.”Wikipedia

It gets worse:

For a decade from 1873 on, there were several hundred, perhaps over a thousand, such commercial hide/market hunting outfits harvesting bison at any one time, vastly exceeding the take by American Indians or individual meat hunters. The commercial take arguably was anywhere from 2,000 to 100,000 animals per day depending on the season, though there are no statistics available. It was said that the Big .50s were fired so much that the market hunters needed at least two rifles to let the barrels cool off; The Fireside Book of Guns reports they were sometimes quenched in the winter snow. Dodge City saw railroad cars sent East filled with stacked hides.Wikipedia

That’s just a tiny peek into the brutality that reigned down upon the American bison. We owe them better than that. Yellowstone bison are a national treasure with a limited gene pool. The annual cycle of hazing and slaughtering bison, when they attempt to leave the park in search of food, is brutal and unnecessary.

The Montana Department of Livestock, the cattle industry and their minions are behind this outrage.I don’t think any of this has to do with brucellosis.  They don’t want to share grass with the bison. It’s reminiscent of the 1800’s when the government wanted “to allow ranchers to range their cattle without competition from other bovines.”

Think about it, nothing is done to stop “brucellosis carrying elk” from freely wandering the state? If Montana was so worried about it they’d be rounding up, testing and slaughtering elk.

The Montana livestock industry can hide behind this transparent disease excuse but common sense tells you it’s a red herring. It diverts attention from their real agenda which is to of prevent competition for grazing land between bison and cattle. Wild horses are being run off their lands for the very same reason. Hundreds of wolves are killed every year for ranching interests.

Meanwhile Yellowstone bison continue to suffer. Not just this year but every year they dare to leave the park.

They are hazed with helicopters, snowmobiles, etc., to drive them back into the Yellowstone.  This is especially deadly in Spring months when new calves, some just days or hours old, must run for their lives, sometimes becoming separated from their mothers, sometimes dying in the chaos filled madness as they are being driven relentlessly back to the park. Any bison remaining outside the park boundaries by May 15 will likely be shot and killed.

In this 2006 video, from the Buffalo Field Campaign, the Montana Department of Livestock hazed these bison onto thin ice and they fell into the freezing water. It’s heartbreaking to watch.

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org These buffalo are chased onto thin ice by Montana’s Department of Livestock. They subsequently fall though and are some die thanks to those in charge of the last wild bison on Earth.

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http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org On March 14 and 15 the Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) captured and slaughtered 33 Yellowstone buffalo. These buffalo had been peacefully grazing on the shore of Hebgen Lake since early January. This is the same herd that DOL agents chased onto thin ice on January 11, drowning two in the frigid water.

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SPEAK OUT FOR YELLOWSTONE’S WILD FREE-ROAMING BISON BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!!

Please support and donate to the Buffalo Field Campaign!!

Visit their website and take action for Yellowstone’s beleaguered bison. They need our help!!

Buffalo Field Campaign

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1011/update1011.html

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Bison slaughter on hold as park reviews lawsuit

February 4, 2011

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/02/04/bison_slaughter_challenged_as_habitat_ef\fort_flops/

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Bison slaughter challenged as habitat effort flops

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110204/ap_on_re_us/us_yellowstone_bison_slaughter

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400 Yellowstone Bison Held For Possible Slaughter

February 4, 2011

Animals that test positive for exposure to the disease Brucellosis were to be sent to slaughter in coming days. Matthew Brown/AP

http://www.npr.org/2011/02/04/133489875/400-yellowstone-bison-held-for-possible-slaughter?ps=cprs

 

Videos: Courtesy www. buffalofieldcampaign.org  

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison, Biodiversity

Tags: Buffalo Field Campaign, Western Watersheds Project,  Montana Department of Livestock. bison slaughter, harsh Yellowstone winter, bison under siege, hungry bison

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