Buffalo Field Campaign
* Update from the Field
Very dark and burly baby buffalo donning its winter coat. BFC photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
Happy New Year Buffalo Friends! Let us hope – and act to ensure – it is a good one for wild buffalo.
At the time of this writing, the field remains quiet. But this will likely change very soon. Winter has finally arrived bringing frigid air and accumulating snow. The deepening snow will drive the buffalo down into lower elevations, where rifles and capture facilities await them. BFC and Friends of Animals Wildlife Law Program filed an emergency rule-making petition to stop the slaughter but the government has yet to respond.
Once the killing begins, scenes like this will be common. BFC photo by Stephany. Click for larger image.
All wild buffalo defenders must prepare for a busy season. It’s going to take all of us to apply the necessary pressure to stop the slaughter. You can begin by taking action to support Endangered Species Act protection for these gentle giants. You can also email and call Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk and tell him to stop the slaughter before it begins firstname.lastname@example.org / 307-344-2002.
WILD IS THE WAY ~ ROAM FREE!
The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter and harassment of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo. Volunteers from around the world defend buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Our daily patrols stand with the buffalo on the ground they choose to be on, and document every move made against them.
Volunteers spend all day, from sunrise until sunset, watching and documenting actions taken against the buffalo. We run patrols from cars, skis and snowshoes to protect buffalo outside the park. Tactics range from video documentation to nonviolent civil disobedience.
BFC enjoys incredible support and participation from the local community. Residents allow us to post signs on their property designating them as “Buffalo Safe Zones.” We offer a fence repair service to mitigate damage caused by wildlife. Locals join us on our daily rounds, and many support our patrols with hot drinks and food.
All of our work happens because people are willing to take a break from their usual schedules and come help. Over 3000 people from all over the country and around the world have joined us in our log cabin on Hebgen Lake to help stop the buffalo slaughter. We feed and house all our volunteers in our cabin and Gardner satellite camp. (See news article- 4/24/03- Earth Day heroes: Amani Hays). Volunteers patrol for buffalo by skis, snowshoes, or cars. Everyone communicates by a network of hand-held radios, and also carries a video camera.
Our office runs outreach programs, including slide and video presentations, summer tabling in Yellowstone Park, website and e-mail updates, and national media coverage through press releases and video.