New Move In Campaign To Save Yellowstone’s Unique Buffalo

In light of the unrelenting persecution of the Yellowstone bison– a coalition of animal and
environmental groups will file a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service (USFWS) to list Yellowstone bison as a threatened distinct
population segment.

The petition may be the last hope for the bison,
thousands of whom have been gunned down, chased, rounded up and
mercilessly slaughtered by the State of Montana and the National Park
Service since 1985. The killing has been occurring at the behest of
ranchers, who insist that free-roaming bison threaten their domestic
cattle herds with the possibility of brucellosis transmission. This myth
and the subsequent, deadly persecution continue despite the fact that
cattle are not present when bison migrate to their native winter range,
and the fact that there has never been a documented case of transmission
from wild bison to livestock.

This winter alone, more than 200 bison have
been sent to slaughter.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Write a letter to Secretary of Interior Gale Norton by May 1, 2003, asking
her to provide protection for the Yellowstone bison as an endangered
Distinct Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act. Please mail
your letter directly to the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC). BFC will
deliver all letters to the Department of the Interior during a "bison
stampede" (rally) on May 9th in Washington, DC. (Please also consider
attending the stampede–contact buffalo@wildrockies.org for more info.)

Please address letters to:
Secretary Gale Norton
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

But mail your letter to:
The Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758.

fax (406) 646-0071
email: buffalo@wildrockies.org

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