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By James A. Bailey

What's Happening...

Re-Introducing Bill to Improve Conservation, Management
Proposed Bison Bill for 2015 Montana Legislature

Bison Unfairly Cast as Brucellosis Villains
Part 3 and Part 4 by Todd Wilkinson

Letter to Interagency Bison Management Planning Partners
A Response to Montana Department of Livestock Proposal to Further Restrict Greater Yellowstone
Bison Habitat (pdf)

Wild Buffalo ManagementóResponsibility of Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks
Proposed Bison Bill for Montana 2013 Legislature (pdf)

Montanans Voice Overwhelming Support for Restoring Bison
Poll Results (pdf)

9th Circuit Upholds Yellowstone Park Bison Slaughter
Billings Gazette Article

Gallatin Wildlife Association Comments on Bison Entering Montana from Yellowstone
To Joint Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks/Department of Livestock Bison Habitat EA (pdf)

Native Habitat for Americaís Last Wild Buffalo Is Guaranteed by Treaty, Tribes Say
Indian Country Today Media Network Article & Video

Are There Any Wild Bison In Our Future?
by Jim Bailey, PhD, Retired Wildlife Biologist

Update January 2012
From YBF President, Joe Gutkoski

A Public Comment
re: Interagency Bison Management Plan

Hazing Is Cruel And Unnecessary
Editorial by YBF President, Joe Gutkoski

YBF Joins Suit To Seek Emergency Injunction To
Prevent Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison

Buffalo Field Campaign Press Release

Billings Gazette News Article...
Bison Corralled For Slaughter As Activists Ask Court For Halt

Hearing On Lawsuit Over Wild Bison Hazing
September 20, 2010

Buffalo Field Campaign Press Release
Billings Gazette | Helena Independent Record

Press Release - March 23, 2010
YBF Joins Suit to Protect Quarantined Bison & Public Trust
Lawsuit Seeks to Secure Public Access to Bison and Prevent Privatization of Calves

Letter to Regional Forester
Petition to designate Bison as a sensitive species in Region One

Press Release - November 9, 2009
Conservationists File Suit Against Federal Agencies to End Bison Slaughter
Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
a plaintiff

The Sad and Shameful Situation of the Yellowstone Buffalo

Church Universal & Triumphant Bison Easement Deal

Published Editorials

Yellowstone Buffalo

Brucellosis Research

Regionalizing Brucellosis Can Be A Win/Win Solution

Buffalo In The Greater Yellowstone Area

Article in New West about Fish, Wildlife & Parks Scoping Period on Bison Hunt

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Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
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Articles of Incorporation

Buffalo Allies
of Bozeman

Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery
and Conservation Act of 2009

American Buffalo


Brucellosis Research

When the federal Department of Homeland Security designated brucellosis as a select agent that may be developed as a Bio-Weapon of Mass Destruction, under the Homeland Security (Bio Terror) Act of 2002, it triggered large sums of federal dollars into Montana in fiscal year 2005.

$4,360,000 for Phase I, II, III Brucellosis buffalo quarantine facilities = $13,110 cost per buffalo emerging at the end of Phase III as a 4 year old buffalo free of brucellosis

$441,000 to Montana State University for brucellosis vaccine research

$895,000 to the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee

$660,000 to Montana State Department of Livestock

$69,000 to Montana State Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks

$6,900 to Federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA

$1,200,000 to Yellowstone National Park for inoculating buffalo with RB-51 through bio pneumatic bullets at a range of 20 yards

Wild BisonWith this amount of dollars flowing into Montana, it is literally impossible to talk sensibly to the federal, state and research agencies about a practical method to manage brucellosis and delineate brucellosis management areas for this purpose. It has been shown that brucellosis is a manageable disease and there is no reason for the zero tolerance policy, of capture, test, hazing, slaughter and quarantine.

In 1988 the Montana State Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) opened a planned special hunt, which took place along highways and roads outside the boundaries of Yellowstone Park. The hunt was highly visible to anti-hunting activists with their video camcorders. Capitulating to the demands of cattlemen, FWP used no discretion in managing the hunt and when the shooting was over, 569 buffalo were killed all in plain sight of the viewing public. News coverage of the fate of the great beasts caused a national uproar. People across the country could not understand why the buffalo were not allowed to migrate to winter forage areas. Hunters took all of the blame. In fact, the reason so many buffalo were shot was the caving in of the FWP to pressure from cattlemen. Discrete, efficient, fundraising, public hunts were turned into an unacceptable slaughter of a wildlife resource, in full view of an enraged public. Montana’s Governor Stevens was embarrassed and could not stand the heat from the nation. He refused to run for his second term. FWP were so frightened by this experience that it took 16 years before they could even say the word buffalo.

We have learned that buffalo will reproduce and occupy their entire habitat and will move to occupy additional habitat if allowed. Population control is necessary because over grazing will deplete the range. The discrete hunting of buffalo on their winter ranges outside the Park is an obvious solution to control buffalo numbers. What is needed is the acquisition of migration corridors and winter forage areas where licensed public hunters can discretely harvest surplus animals, after they become established on public lands outside Yellowstone National Park.

Joe Gutkoski, Vice President, Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
January 2, 2006

Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
Bison Herd
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Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: 406-587-9181