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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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Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery
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American Buffalo


Letter to Regional Forester

Petition to designate Bison as a sensitive species in Region One

February 5, 2010

Leslie Weldon
Regional Forester
US Forest Service Region 1
P. O. Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807-7669

RE: Petition to designate Bison as a sensitive species in Region One, USFS

Dear Ms. Weldon:

We understand that Region One is reviewing and updating their list of designated sensitive wildlife species. We recommend that bison be designated for the following reasons:

1. Region One bison are absent from their historic range and the only wild free-ranging bison are within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park (YNP).

2. Almost 4,000 bison have been slaughtered since year 2000, and many uncounted before.

3. Starting in the year 1988-1989, 669 buffalo were shot by licensed shooters mostly in the barrow pit of US Highway 89, north of Gardiner, MT and we became a pariah nation.

4. This started the all-out slaughter by the Montana State Department of Livestock and USDA’s APHIS. The slaughter was so thoroughly carried out that the public hunting season on bison has been an embarrassment. No bison are crossing the Park boundary.

5. Last year, 2009, a single 4 year old bull managed to make it to National Forest, where immediately a licensed shooter killed him. The only wild free roaming bison in the State of Montana on National Forest was killed tragically

6. National Forest and Montana State acquired Wildlife Management Areas in the Gardiner Basin is waiting for this wildlife icon. There is more public land and less ranchers and cattle in the Gardiner Basin than in any other part of Region 1.

7. In the West Yellowstone Basin there is more public land and less cattle grazing than any other place in Region One.

8. All we have to do is allow bison to move into these wildlife forage areas on their own four feet. And Montana would be thanked by the nation, who is sick and tired of the politics of Stockgrowers and brucellosis.

9. The 3,000 bison within YNP are genetically endangered and subject to in-breeding. We want bison to be managed as wildlife by the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and not as diseased livestock.

10. We need hundreds and thousands of bison to regain genetic viability. If the USFS does not remedy the situation we may lose the little that survive in the wild.

11. It is a vital necessity that Region One USFS bison be designated a sensitive native wildlife species, and force our Montana State Governor to do the correct thing. He has been politically pandering to stockgrowers, and you are our only hope to bring sanity to this political situation.

12. Do not worry about state rights; we will protect you from this specious issue.


Joe Gutkoski


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