Protect bison today
- Action needed today to save bison
Dear Best Friends Network Member:
Tomorrow, on Monday, January 10, the Montana Fish and Wildlife
Commissioners will meet to reconsider a bison hunt.
Many of us are not aware that bison are still being killed. It is
often thought that the buffalo were last killed in the Nineteenth
Century, when they were nearly wiped out, and that since then, they
have been a protected species.
This is not the case. Every winter, as hundreds of bison leave
Yellowstone National Park, to go into Montana on their natural, age-
old migratory route, they are chased, rounded-up and sent off to
slaughter by government agencies.
This year, in addition to the usual round up and slaughter, a "hunt"
has been scheduled. It is not a large hunt; it will allow the
killing of ten innocent buffalo, who are habituated to people, who do
not run away, and who are resident at a site called Eagle Creek,
which was previously set aside as a safe passageway for migrating
Governor Schweitzer, the new Montana governor, is opposed to this
hunt and he has appointed new Montana Fish and Wildlife Commissioners
who are also opposed to the hunt.
There is an excellent possibility that the bison hunt will be
cancelled, but it is essential that the voices of those opposing the
hunt be greater than the voices of the hunting lobby.
Shortly, we plan to send out a second request to ask the agencies who
round-up and send off to slaughter hundreds of bison to cancel that
slaughter as well.
For more information on the bison hunt, please see below, a letter
explaining the situation and requesting help for the buffalo.
The cancellation of this hunt is the first important step. Please e-
mail or telephone (or both), Governor Schweitzer and the Fish and
Wildlife Commissioners, either Sunday afternoon or very early Monday
morning. Please thank themthey are in favor of protecting the
bison, and please ask them to cancel the bison hunt.
Please call or e-mail to the Montana governor and the Fish, Wildlife,
and Parks Commissioners.
You may send the sample letter below, as is, as your e-mail to the
two e-mail addresses below; or you may write and send an e-mail in
your own words.
Governor Brian Schweitzer
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission Members
E mail: FWPCOMM@...
Individual FWP Commission Members:
The information below is provided in case it is needed. The
commissioners full names and two of their phone numbers were
available, but they can all be reached by using the e-mail above.
Tim Mulligan, Vice Chairman
Steve Doherty, Chairman
Great Falls, MT
Dear Governor Schweitzer and Commissioners Workman, Mulligan,
Doherty, Brenden and Colton:
I would like to thank you for your decision to reconsider the bison
I am asking that the bison hunt be cancelled both for this year and
The area known as Eagle Creek was set aside as a safe haven for bison
outside Yellowstone National Park, so that bison leaving the park on
their regular winter migration could pass safely through this area.
Because Eagle Creek was designated as a safe area and is one of the
only locations outside Yellowstone National Park where bison are not
subject to being chased, rounded up and sent to slaughter, there are
several older bulls who are resident there.
Killing ten of these bison, who are very habituated to people and who
do not run away, would not be a "hunt", but a senseless slaughter.
The inhumane, cruel slaughter of these magnificent animals, who are
part of all Americans' national heritage, would harm not only the
animals themselves, but also the reputation of the state of Montana.
When one thinks of Montana, the beauty and peace of the wilderness
come to mind. This enchanting vision draws many, many visitors and
benefits the people of Montana.
Thank you very much for considering these points and for the courage
you've shown in taking a stand to reconsider the bison hunt and to
protect the lives of these noble, native wild animals.
Thank you very much for helping the bison, and thank you for being
part of the Best Friends Network! Your continued support and
assistance is what makes change possible!
Best Friends Animal Society
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone (435) 644-2001 Ext 322
Fax (435) 644-2434