Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
Bison Herd

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Gallatin Wildlife Association Positions
on Restoration and Management
of Wild Bison in Montana

American Plains Bison book by Dan Bailey

American Plains Bison
Rewilding an Icon

By James A. Bailey

Re-Introducing Bill to Improve Conservation, Management
Proposed Bison Bill for 2015 c 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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Recently Published Editorials

Make Room For Bison In Yellowstone area
Letter to Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana
Published on Saturday, March 01, 2008

By Joe Gutkoski

The Montana State Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks had requested on February 22 public input, due March 7, for a proposed revision of their bison hunting plan in the Greater Yellowstone Area.

The February 25 bison hunt is nothing more than a Yellowstone Park boundary shoot, restricted to Hunting Zone 2 in the Jardine and Horse Butte park line areas.

Hunting Zone 2 must be expanded to allow our buffalo to move year-round into state and national forest wildlife management areas, purchased by hard-earned sportsmen's money in the Gardiner and West Yellowstone basins.

A hunt can then be planned and managed discreetly with some semblance of fair chase. This would serve to balance the herd population with available forage.

Hunting Zone 2 can then be a brucellosis management area where grazing leases on national and state land could be restricted to brucellosis-proof livestock, such as steers, young or spayed heifers, horses and mules.

With the regionalization of brucellosis limited to the GYA in Hunting Zone 2, the management area would keep 98 percent of Montana land and cattle herds from losing brucellosis-free status. Why should the cattle herds in the Miles City-Forsyth area be affected by a brucellosis infection in a small area in the south part of Gallatin and Park counties? Certainly the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service would accept this solution.

The nation looks to Montana to politely make a place for wild buffalo on public lands managed as wildlife and not as diseased livestock in the GYA.

Joe Gutkoski, vice president
Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation

Win-Win Solutions For Bison Management
Guest Opinion, Billings Gazette, Billings, Montana
Published on Saturday, March 01, 2008

By Glenn Hockett

As a hunter I remain optimistic we can and will solve the bison management challenge. Irrational government harassment, hazing, capture and slaughter of bison within and near the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park is neither economically nor ecologically sustainable. This subsidized house of cards will fall eventually.

A growing and diverse constituency has shared economically efficient and ecologically sustainable ideas with policymakers and the five agency members of the interagency bison management planning team. These win-win ideas include:

• Fencing to protect the few cattle along the bison migration corridors in the Upper Yellowstone and Upper Madison valleys.

• If bison must be captured to prevent commingling with a few susceptible cattle in the Yellowstone or Madison basins, transport them to the public land winter ranges in either Teepee or Dailey Creek within the Upper Gallatin watershed where there are never any cattle. This is an excellent alternative to the needless government slaughter the Department of Livestock, the Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service and now the Park Service are relentlessly waging on this critically important gene pool of wild bison.

Hundreds of thousands of acres of conflict-free habitat are already owned by the public in the Upper Yellowstone, Gallatin and Madison valleys. Places such as Cedar Creek, the OTO and the Dome Mountain Wildlife Management Area in the Upper Yellowstone Valley - public lands all specifically purchased for big-game habitat. Furthermore, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of historic and conflict-free bison habitat both within and outside the park in the Upper Gallatin Basin framed by the magnificent Taylor Fork watershed and the Porcupine or Gallatin Wildlife Management Area.

Let's instruct the policymakers and cooperating agencies to immediately begin fencing projects to protect the few pastures being used by susceptible cattle in the Upper Yellowstone and Madison basins.

Let's encourage or just allow bison movements to conflict-free habitat areas on both public and bison-friendly private property outside the park where sufficient forage is currently available to sustain a spectacular restoration and conservation effort that will be envied by the world.

We can work together to protect a few cattle while respecting and protecting public- and private-property rights on both sides of the issue, thus allowing the bison, like other wildlife in the area, to access the conflict-free habitat that exists today. The current "plan" and its supporters are living in a house of cards that will eventually crumble due to the forces of nature and an increasingly informed public.

Glenn Hockett is volunteer president of the Gallatin Wildlife Association, a regional sportsmen’s group in Bozeman.

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