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More Than a Symbol, Wild Bison Need Secretary of Interior's Help

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Originally Posted: July 5, 2013

More Than a Symbol, Wild Bison Need Secretary of Interior's Help

FROM Buffalo Field Campaign

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ACTION

Urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to CHANGE Federal Policy and Protect America's Last Wild Buffalo. Tell her to:

  1.  Call for a moratorium on the hazing, capture and slaughter of wild buffalo by the National Park Service and within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park until the completion of a new management plan that incorporates independent peer reviewed science, comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, and takes into account cultural considerations by American Indian Nations with treaty, cultural, and religious rights and affiliations with buffalo.
  2. Provide for and convene a Buffalo Summit to initiate a comprehensive legally binding consultation process with American Indian Nations as called for by the National Congress of American Indians (Resolution ABQ-10-036).
  3. Work with the United States Forest Service to aid that agency in its goal of providing "habitat for viable populations of all indigenous wildlife species and for increasing populations of big game animals.”

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/2426/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13717

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

Sally Jewell, Secretary
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240
(202) 208-3100 phone
(202) 208-1481 fax
exsec@ios.doi.gov

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

I am writing to you today to express my deep concern for the future of the last remaining population of wild American buffalo in the United States, the only population to still hold its identity as a wildlife species and to have continuously existed on the landscape since prehistoric times.

These buffalo primarily inhabit Yellowstone National Park and seasonally migrate into Montana on public and private lands beyond the Park's borders. They are a unique and irreplaceable treasure and one of the primary reasons why millions people visit the Yellowstone region every year.

The wild American buffalo of the Yellowstone region are truly the last living link to the millions of wild buffalo that once roamed freely across the United States. They are profoundly significant to many of the Native American tribes who depend on the buffalo to fulfill many of their needs, both physical and spiritual.

Unfortunately, due to the ill-conceived and out of date policies contained in the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), thousands of wild American buffalo have been shot or slaughtered, and hundreds more are repeatedly harassed year after year. Most of the buffalo slaughtered were captured inside Yellowstone National Park by the National Park Service, an agency under your direct supervision.

I find it absolutely indefensible and inexcusable that a federal agency who's mandate is to “protect resources unimpaired,” using my hard earned tax dollars, would succumb to the political pressures of a small and extreme minority interest at the expense of our nation's only wild buffalo herds. I also find it inexcusable that the Department of the Interior has not engaged in formal consultation with all affected Native American tribes on the entirety of management decisions related to these wild buffalo as called for by resolutions passed by both the National Congress of American Indians (Resolution ABQ-10-036) and the Montana Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council (#23March2013-09).

There are several actions I would like you to take in regard to the wild American buffalo herds of the Yellowstone region:

  1.  Call for a moratorium on the hazing, capture and slaughter of wild buffalo by the National Park Service and within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park until the completion of a new management plan that incorporates independent peer reviewed science, comprehensive cost-benefit analysis, and takes into account cultural considerations by American Indian Nations with treaty, cultural, and religious rights and affiliations with buffalo.
  2. Provide for and convene a Buffalo Summit to initiate a comprehensive legally binding consultation process with American Indian Nations as called for by the National Congress of American Indians (Resolution ABQ-10-036).
  3. Work with the United States Forest Service to aid that agency in its goal of providing "habitat for viable populations of all indigenous wildlife species and for increasing populations of big game animals.”

When your nomination as Secretary of Interior was announced, I was excited for the opportunity to start a new chapter in the management of our federal public lands, fish, and wildlife. In particular, I ask that you take a close look at the issues surrounding the management of our wild American buffalo herds and call for the necessary changes that will guarantee their survival for future generations.

It is my sincere hope and desire that you take my views under consideration and take action to protect wild American buffalo. I encourage you to keep in touch with me and I will be happy to help you obtain any additional information you may need about this issue.

Thank you and I look forward to your response and right actions to safeguard America's last wild buffalo populations of Yellowstone Country.  


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