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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
Board Of Directors
Articles of Incorporation

Buffalo Allies
of Bozeman

Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery
and Conservation Act of 2009

American Buffalo


President’s Update
January 2012

We continue to strive toward our primary objective of enabling Yellowstone National Park (YNP) buffalo to be accepted and managed as legal, free-roaming wildlife in Montana and Wyoming. Year round foraging on public land outside the boundaries of YNP in the Gardiner, Montana basin north of YNP, and in the West Yellowstone, upper Gallatin River, Madison River and the utmost source of the Missouri River basins at Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. The buffalo can then walk by themselves from YNP to these traditional year-round grazing ranges without any interference by humans.

To obtain these objectives we must further educate state and federal wildlife agencies and private Stockgrowers to accept wild, genetically pure buffalo into Montana and allow them to range as natural wildlife, as we do for bear, elk, deer, big horn and all the plant eaters and carnivores that are managed as wildlife.

In 2008 YNP captured 1,600 buffalo within the Park, loaded them onto large livestock trucks and without testing for brucellosis, moved them to slaughter in Idaho. We then sponsored a court suit against YNP and the National Forest Service for indiscriminately slaughtering buffalo. We lost this case in federal court in 2010.

In 2011 the Governor of Montana and his Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks illegally gave 80 brucellosis-free, genetically pure, quarantined, public trust YNP buffalo to a local private bison rancher. We sued the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks because the State did not have the right or authority to dispose of public trust wildlife. This suit is still in litigation.

The Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation through the years has participated in many meetings, hearings, protests, writings, testifying to many environmental statements and reports, against the slaughter of public trust buffalo. The buffalo have been abused by hazing, driving, capture, testing, poking, prodding, brucella vaccination, trapping and holding in crowded urine-muddy pens, and forcing pregnant buffalo to calve in holding traps. This terrible treatment of native wildlife is an outrage, and it is little recognized in Montana.

Stockgrowers, state and federal agencies and private agricultural organizations think that our public trust buffalo are a liability, instead of a gift from nature. We must continue to educate them on the value of wild, free-roaming buffalo on public land, and on private lands where they are welcomed by the owners. Stockgrowers continue to enjoy low priced, subsidized grazing fees on federal and state public lands. They are unwilling to share the grass with wildlife and they use the brucellosis disease as a heavy club to maintain their power.

After we are successful in re-establishing buffalo in the larger Yellowstone area we will return to focus on eastern Montana’s Big Open, public lands, where we began our efforts to re-establish buffalo in 1986. Unfortunately we were driven out of that area by the Stockgrowers.
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Joe Gutkoski

Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation

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