Urge the Agriculture Secretary to Cancel this Spring's Hazing of Wild Buffalo

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Originally Posted: 6 May 2009

Urge the Agriculture Secretary to Cancel this Spring's Hazing of Wild Buffalo

Urge Secretary Vilsack to cancel the yearly helicopter hazing and probable killing of wild buffalo.


Sign the online petition here

And/Or better yet, contact Secretary Vilsack directly:

Tom Vilsack
Secretary of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC 20250

Photo by Jim Robertson, Animals in the Wild

INFORMATION / SAMPLE LETTER (write your own letter, use the following for talking points)

I urge you to prevent bison -- better known as buffalo -- from being hazed off U.S. Forest Service land on the west side of Yellowstone National Park in Montana on May 15 and thereafter. May 15 is a needless deadline, and there is simply no basis to haze - and likely kill buffalo on Horse Butte.

While millions of wild buffalo, or bison, once roamed North America, the Yellowstone herd is comprised of about 3,000 buffalo -- the only continuously wild, free-roaming herd in America. In the spring, some of these buffalo leave snow-covered Yellowstone in search of fresh forage at lower elevations in Montana.

Many buffalo also travel to these grass-rich areas to give birth. Unfortunately for the buffalo on Horse Butte in Montana, however, the government agencies in charge, including the U.S. Forest Service, do not allow them to stay there after May 15. As one of the five agencies that manages Yellowstone's buffalo herd under the Interagency Bison Management Plan, the Forest Service -- which is under your jurisdiction -- has the power to effect change.

The justification for this deadline -- as well as last year's slaughter and hazing of buffalo -- is concern that wild buffalo may spread brucellosis to domestic cattle in Montana. But there has never been a documented case of transmission of brucellosis from buffalo to cattle in the wild.

Furthermore, there are no cattle on Horse Butte and there is significant support among the landowners for keeping buffalo there. As a result, there is absolutely no reason to haze - and, as a result, likely kill - buffalo back into Yellowstone Park after May 15. There are simply no domestic cows at risk, and thus there is no basis for needlessly endangering Yellowstone buffalo herd.

Please do not allow buffalo hazing this spring on Horse Butte in Montana.

Thank you for taking action on this very important issue.


For more information, visit Hazing Begins: Helicopter Harasses Bison, Grizzlies.

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