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UPDATE: February 14, 2008

Dear Buffalo Friends,

Yellowstone officials continue to spill the blood of America's last wild buffalo, our national heritage.  Sixteen more buffalo were transported to slaughter Wednesday, 30 more were captured, and the 17 calves that were slated to be sent to the Corwin Springs Quarantine Facility will be sent to slaughter today, because the facility is not ready for them.  A press release from Yellowstone National Park is pasted at the end of this special alert.

Thank you for all the action you have been taking in the past couple of days.  This morning our Week of Action begins in earnest with a series of National Call-in Days to target decision-makers responsible for the harassment and slaughter of the last wild buffalo population in the United States.

We begin by calling Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis.  Three phone numbers and talking points are provided below.

We must STOP THE SLAUGHTER NOW!   Please pick up your phone right now and tell the Park they should be protecting the bison instead of catering to Montana's cattle interests.  The buffalo death toll is very likely to increase significantly.

169 wild buffalo have already been captured inside Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek bison trap.  All are being sent to slaughter.  None but calves have been tested for exposure to brucellosis, the supposed reason for the kill.

PLEASE CALL NOW!!

Superintendent Suzanne Lewis,  Yellowstone National Park 307-344-2002     307-344-2013 (public affairs) 307-344-7381 (main)

TALKING POINTS FOR CALLING SUZANNE LEWIS
1. Stop the Slaughter NOW!
2. The last wild bison in the U.S., a national treasure, are in your care.  You are responsible for protecting America's national heritage, not defending the economic interests of Montana's cattle industry
3. Stop killing/harassing/quarantining America's last wild buffalo - Withdraw from the Interagency Bison Management Plan now - take proactive steps to secure funding for bison habitat such as winter range and calving grounds on Gallatin National Forest.
4. Release all buffalo currently being held in the Stephen's Creek trap and dismantle the trap now!
 

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ACTION FOR THE BUFFALO!
For more information about the Week of Action, including the schedule for national call-in days and information about writing letters to the editor of your local, regional and national media, please visit
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/weekofaction08.html

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK PRESS RELEASE:
National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2008            08-008
Al Nash or Stacy Vallie (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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BISON MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS CONTINUE NEAR GARDINER

The Stephens Creek bison capture facility northwest of Gardiner, Montana, and inside the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, has been open and operating since Friday, February 8.  The facility is operated under the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP).

During the past week, several small groups of bison have repeatedly moved through the Stephens Creek area toward or across the park boundary, where cattle graze on private land.  Under the IBMP, the park works with other agencies to conserve a viable, wild bison population while cooperating to protect Montana's brucellosis-free status.  That means keeping bison separated from cattle present on land outside the park.

Hazing animals back inside the park continues to be the first step of adaptive management of bison in the Stephens Creek boundary area.  When hazing is no longer effective or safe, capture operations may be conducted. A group of about 30 more bison were hazed and captured Wednesday afternoon.

Under the IBMP, bison that are captured at Stephens Creek may be held for spring release, tested for brucellosis, provided for the quarantine research project, or sent to slaughter.  Since holding wild bison captive for a long period of time may lead to habituation, the park is working with the other IBMP agencies to ship any animals captured at this time either to slaughter or to the quarantine feasibility study facility at Corwin Springs.

A total of 83 bison have been transported to slaughter since the Stephens Creek facility began operating last week.  19 calves were tested for exposure to brucellosis as candidates for the quarantine feasibility research project being conducted by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Since the project is currently unable to accept these calves at the Corwin Springs facility, the 17 seronegative calves will be transported to slaughter along with a number of other bison Thursday.  Currently a total of approximately 90 bison are in the Stephens Creek facility awaiting transport.

For safety reasons, the area around the Stephens Creek facility is closed to the public when capturing, holding, and releasing bison.  A map and information on the closure is available for public review during normal business hours at the Chief Ranger's Office and the Albright Visitor Center.

This is the eighth winter the IBMP has been used to guide brucellosis risk management actions.

The five cooperating agencies operating under the IBMP are the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Montana Department of Livestock and the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The late summer 2007 population estimate was 4,700 bison.

- www.nps.gov/yell -

Note to representatives of the media and interest groups:

Ongoing operations in the closure area have precluded our ability to schedule any small group trips into the closure area for representatives of the media, park employees, or interest groups. We will look for an opportunity to offer this access after the conclusion of the President's Day holiday weekend.  Requests must be made in advance by calling the Public Affairs Office Monday through Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm MST at 307-344-2013.

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Media & Outreach
Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT  59758
406-646-0070
bfc-media @ wildrockies.org
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

BFC is the only group working in the field every day
in defense of the last wild buffalo in the U.S.

Stay informed!  Get our weekly email Updates from the Field:
Send your email address to bfc-media @ wildrockies.org

BOYCOTT BEEF!  It's what's killing wild buffalo
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/boycott.html

Speak Out! Contact politicians and involved agencies today:
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/politicians.html

Write a Letter to the Editor of key newspapers:
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/lte.html

Help the buffalo by recycling your used cell phones & printer cartridges:
It's free and easy. http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/support/recycleprint.html.
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Dan Brister, MS
Project Director
Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 726-5555
bfc @ wildrockies.org
http://buffalofieldcampaign.org
 

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Media & Outreach
Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT  59758
406-646-0070
bfc-media @ wildrockies.org
http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org

BFC is the only group working in the field every day
in defense of the last wild buffalo in the U.S.

Stay informed!  Get our weekly email Updates from the Field:
Send your email address to bfc-media @ wildrockies.org
 

 
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