Subject: Killing Yellowstone's Wild Buffalo
Subj: Thank you!
Date: 4/25/99 12:19:50 PM Mountain Daylight Time
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers)
Thank you for taking the time to sign on to the petition for the
This mailing is a brief update to let you know that thousands of folks
have signed on to the petition. It has been heartwarming that so many
people around the world care so deeply about the buffalo after watching
the slaughter of the herd by my State of Montana. We have not reached
9600 signatures yet which would be 100 signatures for each buffalo
killed so far this year. So please take a moment to pass the petition
URL (this note) on to 5 more folks. If we all do this, we should be
able to double the signatures within the next week before the petitions
are presented in DC. It is critical that federal officials know how
many folks are concerned about Montana's slaughter of the buffalo.
The petition is available for online sign-on at
If you live in the DC area and would like to help with the presentation
by making banners, drumming or attending; please email your phone
number to me at email@example.com and I will pass it on to
our volunteer DC organizer.
Also, please let me know of any demos, ceremonies or events going on in
your area from May1-3 in support of the buffalo and I will post them on
the web site.
We will mail you another update after the presentation of the petitions
to let you know how Babbit, Dombeck and Clinton respond.
Thanks for signing on and here's a brief update of how the buffalo are
May 1st is the time when the Montana Department of Livestock holds
their military style haze of the buffalo back into the invisible
Yellowstone National Park boundaries. (footage of last years haze is
at http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/ on the video page).
Currently, the buffalo face a rough couple of weeks. This critical
calving time before the spring grass begins togrow and is available for
food is a horrendous time for the animals to be subjected to a grueling
haze forcing them to flee from guns and helicopters and run the 8-9
miles back towards the park. Often, young calves cannot keep up. Six
buffalo died as a direct result of inhumane handling during last weeks
hazing. The DOL has claimed responsibility for the four that died
while in their capture facility, but not for the two that died after
being released onto Horse Butte with massive bodily injury from gore
wounds incurred in the DOL trap. "The Department of Livestock is
incapable of "managing" the Yellowstone buffalo herd. No animal should
be treated this way," said Buffalo Field Campaign spokesperson Sarah
One calf that was orphaned when the DOL sent it's mother to slaughter
died recently. This calf struggled for
weeks, wandering along highway 191, the only area with enough open area
with shallow snow-depths for a small buffalo to exist alone, seperated
from the herd. This was not the only calf in the same situation this
winter. As well as orphaned calves, the Department of Livestock's
hazing last week resulted in the deaths of two pregnant females on the
butte. Although they escaped the hazing, the subsequent loss of
support from their herd made it impossible for them to survive.
Buffalo choose Horse Butte for a calving ground every year. Their
birthing period depends on the weather and availability of food. Horse
Butte provides an ideal calving ground, as its south-facing, open
slopes are the first areas to melt off in the spring.
96 buffalo have died as a result of actions taken by the DOL this
year. In none of these deaths was there any danger of brucellosis
transmission to cattle, as no cattle were present within dozens of
miles when the animals were taken to slaughter. "The persistence of
the DOL in killing all pregnant females makes one wonder if they are
actually involved in population control, rather than disease
management. The buffalo need space to graze and give birth to new
calves that strengthen the herd before their natural migration to the
park," Chalmers said.
Two females have calved on Horse Butte this week. Volunteers for
Buffalo Field Campaign witnessed these births and realized the need to
keep their distance. "We will protect these new lives from the
assault of the Department of Livestock to the best of our ability.
These mothers should be able to birth in peace without being hazed and
later dying at a slaughterhouse, days after giving birth," stated
Buffalo Field Campaign volunteer Kelly Needs.
Fears that cattle may contract brucellosis from the fetal matter left
by buffalo is unfounded as the brucella organism is only active for a
few hours once exposed to sunlight. Cattle will not be trucked in to
the Horse Butte grazing alloment until mid-June or later, per an
agreement between the Forest Service and the allotment permitees that
allows at least a thirty day grace period fromthe time buffalo leave
Horse Butte to migrate back into Yellowstone. Harassment of buffalo on
Horse Butte is unnecessary if the goal of the DOL is to keep Montana
cattle brucellosis-free. The cattle being brought to Horse Butte in
June are from Idaho and must be vaccinated before crossing the state
line. "The brucellosis scare is a ruse. Not to protect cattle, but to
eliminate buffalo from coveted grass lands," spokesperson John Reese
Video Footage Available upon Request (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
Scanned still photos available from our website,
For the buffalo!
Buffalo Field Campaign, the group working 365 days in the field is
still trying to raise May rent and food monies (donations are tax
deductible) . If you can help, please email email@example.com
Please sign the Buffalo Petition at
Together our voices will be heard!
for the buffalo!
Pass this on to 94 more folks in honor of the 94 buffalo that were
slaughtered this year!
(see death count at http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo )
There are also addresses of the people responsible for this slaughter
on the "what you can do " page at this site if you would like to write
subsequent letters or faxes.
Cold Mountain, Cold Rivers
PO Box 7941
Missoula, Montana USA 59807
Take action today! Sign the petition to protect
the last free-roaming herd of wild buffalo!
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