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From 13 July 2003 Issue

News from the Field Buffalo Field Campaign
http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo 

If you have been wanting to help protect the Yellowstone buffalo, now is your chance. Representative Nick Rahall, the ranking Democrat on the House Resources Committee, will offer an amendment to the 2004 Interior Appropriations Bill making it illegal for the Park Service to use funds to kill Yellowstone buffalo. The Bill will be voted on next week.

The Rahall Amendment will add language to Interior Appropriations Bill stating that "none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to kill, or assist others in killing any bison in the Yellowstone National Park herd."

As you may know, Yellowstone employees captured 231 buffalo inside the park during the first week of March, 2003, and shipped them all to slaughter without testing a single one for brucellosis, the supposed justification for the killing. This radical action, which runs counter to the Park Service mission, caught Representative Rahall's attention and he has been active in this issue ever since.

During the past two winters park rangers have joined forces with Montana Department of Livestock agents in and around Yellowstone to slaughter buffalo. If the amendment passes the House and Senate, Yellowstone employees will no longer be able to assist the Montana Department of Livestock in the bloody work of slaughtering Yellowstone buffalo.

We traveled to Washington DC in May and met with over seventy Representatives and Senators, building a strong constituency for the Yellowstone buffalo among our elected officials and helping to elevate the issue to the national stage. We will be calling upon those we met with but we need your help to make this effort a success.

TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE ABOUT THE RAHALL AMENDMENT

Yellowstone National Park provided sanctuary to the only 23 free-roaming buffalo that survived the mass slaughter of the 19th century. Yet present-day park rangers are taking part in a slaughter that threatens the very survival of their ancestors.

Call, fax, and email (in that order) your representative and tell them about the Rahall Amendment. Yellowstone is supposed to be a sanctuary for our nation's last remaining herd of genetically pure, free-roaming bison, not a killing ground. Make a single phone call and let your Representative know what you think.

To contact your Representative, please visit the following web site:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Take action today. The future of free-roaming buffalo in America depends on it!

For more information on the Yellowstone herd and the efforts of the Buffalo Field Campaign, please read our newsletter. It is fresh off the press and available online or in hard copy. Click on the following link for an electronic version:

http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo/BFC_pdfs/BFC-News-2003.pdf

The Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field every day to protect the Yellowstone bison, America's only continuously wild herd. BFC volunteers defend the bison and their habitat, and document every move made against them.

For the Buffalo,

Dan Brister
Project Coordinator
Buffalo Field Campaign

Buffalo Field Campaign
PO Box 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
(406) 646-0070
buffalo@wildrockies.org 

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