URGENT TAKE ACTION ALERT!
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK HAS INITIATED BISON CAPTURE OPERATIONS!
Please contact Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk and tell him to release the buffalo and to cease further capture operations.
America’s last wild buffalo are right now being trapped for slaughter along Yellowstone’s northern boundary. These capture for slaughter operations are happening even as state and treaty hunters are shooting buffalo that migrate into Montana. Such management actions are driven by Montana’s bison-intolerant livestock industry, intolerance that is codified in the statute: MCA 81-2-120, a law crafted by the livestock industry that needs to be repealed.
This is what takes place in Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek bison trap, whereever members of America’s last wild buffalo population are being held torture in the squeeze chute of the trap. Injuries are caused, families torn apart, as buffalo are run through the gauntlet then shipped to slaughter simply because cattle interests refuse to share the land.
Yellowstone is again being very secretive and refuse to disclose how many buffalo have so far been captured. Buffalo Field Campaign patrols in Gardiner were able to get a count of approximately 145 buffalo in an outer holding pen.
Yellowstone’s press release states that they aim to remove “800 to 900 bison that migrate out of the park’s northern boundary this winter to reduce population growth and to reduce the potential for a mass migration of bison into Montana.”
With all of the holes in their brucellosis argument, they are now killing ecologically extinct wild buffalo in the name of population control.
The Yellowstone buffalo are America’s last wild, migratory herds and the most important bison population that exists. They are the last to identify as a wildlife species and are ecologically extinct throughout their native range. They’ve been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List for being “threatened with near extinction,” and even Montana designates the species “in greatest conservation need” with conditions “making [bison] vulnerable to global extinction.”
Buffalo Field Campaign and Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program filed an emergency rule-making petition (LINK) with the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service to stop Yellowstone’s planned slaughter before it had a chance to begin. This petition was filed in September, and, to date, has been completely ignored by the government.
TAKE ACTION TODAY and please urge your friends, family and colleagues to do so as well. Thank you!
Stephany Seay from The Buffalo Field Campaign and Brian Ertz from Wildland Defense speak with Raven Redbone host of “Make No Bones About It.”