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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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The Sad and Shameful Situation of the Yellowstone Buffalo

From 1985 up to the winter of 2007-08, more than 6,300 buffalo have been killed outside Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in the Gardiner and West Yellowstone areas. In these two areas are fewer cattle and ranches and more publicly owned land than in any other area in Montana and in the last 60 years, sportsmen have spent millions of dollars purchasing wildlife winter ranges in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA).

Because of deep snow the buffalo walk across YNP boundaries to forage on winter ranges, but there they are condemned to certain slaughter by Montana stock growers and USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). In 1999, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) gave $13 million to the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT) to accommodate buffalo, but buffalo received no benefit from this expenditure. Since 2000 $16 million in taxpayers’ dollars have been squandered on killing buffalo after the questionable Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) was approved. In the 2003 Legislature, Senator Gary Perry introduced Senate Bill 395 which reestablished the buffalo hunt, but “only when authorized by Department of Livestock and the Livestock Veterinarian.” SB 395 gave wide authority to DOL and the Livestock Veterinarian, resulting in the accelerated slaughter of buffalo that we see today.

We MUST return buffalo management back to the reluctant FWP to be managed as wildlife and not as diseased livestock by DOL. The IBMP is just not working. It squanders millions and continues the unconscionable slaughter. Stock growers must be convinced to accept buffalo as Montana wildlife. Brucellosis is a manageable disease. Montanans have been living with it for 100 years, when it was brought from Europe by stock growers. We must delineate “brucellosis management areas” in the GYA where buffalo can occupy public lands and cattle grazing on public lands would be managed to comply with sufficient rules to protect our state’s brucellosis-free status.

Buffalo are stolid creatures, not necessarily fearful of man, honest, straightforward, and unquestionably suited to our climate (look at their suit of clothes), where cattle hunker up and die, if not cared for. Buffalo are free and take care of themselves. What animal is more suited to Montana? To control their family grouping populations in balance with available forage, buffalo could be discretely hunted by state permits managed by FWP. Hunters would come from all parts of the world to hunt buffalo in their native environment and spend large amounts of dollars to Montana’s recreation economy. Instead we now have a YNP boundary shoot that serves as a poor excuse for hunting.

For 2008, FWP is proposing to give CUT $3.3 million for a worthless 30-year easement where 25 vaccinated buffalo with vaginally inserted transmitters will be allowed to walk north on a public road, only to be hazed back to YNP in April of each year. This travesty is a classic case of stock growers externalizing costs to the public while controlling range and wildlife.

April 23, 2008

Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation
Bison Herd
304 N 18th Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: 406-587-9181