Buffalo Crisis in Yellowstone!
The wild buffalo herds that primarily occupy Yellowstone National Park constitute the only continuously free roaming wild buffalo that show no signs of domestic cattle DNA. Currently numbering around 3,700 animals, they are the closest living link to the 30 to 60 million buffalo that once roamed throughout much of the United States.
Unfortunately, based on the political influence of a small but powerful special interest group, the Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Interagency Bison Management Plan mandates the hazing, capture, slaughter, quarantine and shooting of wild buffalo when they migrate outside of Park boundaries. Nearly 7000 wild buffalo have been killed since 1985 through the joint efforts of the National Park Service, the Montana Dept. of Livestock, the U.S. Forest Service, among other state and federal agencies. The supposed reason for the killing of wild buffalo is the unfounded fear that they will transmit the livestock disease, brucellosis, to domestic cattle that graze near the Park borders.
However, there has NEVER been a documented case of brucellosis being transmitted from wild bison to cattle.
Today's wild buffalo slaughter and the policies that enable it are the direct result of the livestock industry's desire to maintain control over western rangelands and to restrict competition for forage by wild free roaming buffalo.
The Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) was organized following the 1996-97 winter slaughter of 1,084 buffalo. BFC is an all-volunteer group who defend America’s last free-roaming buffalo 365 days a year, in the field, documenting all actions taken against them.
To learn more about the issues and what you can do to help, visit the Buffalo Field Campaign’s web site at http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/
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