Support Year-Round Habitat for Wild Bison in Montana!
Public Comments are being accepted through September 13, 2013
Wild bison, or buffalo, are ecologically extinct in Montana and throughout their historic native range. The Yellowstone region is the last stronghold of the remaining 4,000 wild buffalo that exist today. Current government mismanagement of this iconic, noble animal severely and unjustly punishes them for following their migratory instincts that bring them across the man-made border from Yellowstone National Park into Montana. Thousands of wild buffalo have been senselessly killed and thousands more repeatedly harassed and abused by government agencies serving the interests of livestock producers. An opportunity has arisen that could help alleviate these barbaric actions for some wild buffalo.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Montana Department of Livestock have released an Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposal to allow "some" bison access to year-round habitat on "portions" of Gallatin National Forest in Montana's Hebgen and Gardiner Basins, west and north of Yellowstone National Park. These are the very places where wild buffalo currently attempt to roam and face conflict, harassment and death. Based on the alternatives within the EA, Montana is leaning towards allowing only bull bison year-round access to these important areas, while family groups with calves would continue to be abusively forced off of calving grounds each spring. All wild buffalo - not just bulls - are in dire need of year-round habitat outside of Yellowstone National Park, lands critical for their winter range and calving grounds. Access to important habitat will help alleviate harsh and unnecessary management actions and will help enable the survival and evolutionary potential of this currently ecologically extinct native wildlife species.
TAKE ACTION! Please review and edit the talking points in the sample letter below, and in your own words, tell Montana that you fully support securing year-round habitat in Montana where wild, migratory buffalo may freely roam. TO MAKE YOUR COMMENTS COUNTinclude your name in the subject heading, and put that heading into your own words. Otherwise, the state will not include them as separate comments. Comments are being accepted through September 13, 2013. If you'd rather not use our suggested letter, you can send your comments directly to:
Bison Year-Round Habitat
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
1400 S. 19th Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59718
DRIVE THE MESSAGE HOME! Show your support for wild buffalo roaming freely in Montana with BFC's "Let Buffalo Roam" license plates! In Montana, you can get your official plates at the Department of Motor Vehicles, and anyone, anywhere in the U.S. can acquire a sample plate to show solidarity for wild buffalo! Click here or on the image above to learn how to get yours! A portion of the proceeds go directly to BFC's work in defense of America's last wild buffalo.