Urge Montana's Governor Steve Bullock to
Champion Wild, Migratory Bison &
Reject Montana's "Slaughter for Habitat" Proposal
America's wild buffalo (or bison) herds once roamed in the tens of millions from coast to coast, Canada to Mexico, but now only inhabit Yellowstone country, a mere fraction (.01 percent) of their historic range. Fewer than 4,000 wild buffalo exist and instead of being protected, they are abusively managed to serve Montana's cattle interests. The wild, migratory bison of Yellowstone Country come into disasterous and unnecessary conflict when they migrate over the artificial boundary from Yellowstone National Park into southwest Montana. Montana's livestock interests, represented by the Montana Department of Livestock, have created and carried out tragic management policies against wild bison. For decades these practices have resulted in the indefensible, senseless deaths of thousands of wild buffalo, and repeated harassment and abuse of thousands more, all at U.S. taxpayer expense.
Review Montana's most recent scheme against wild buffalo.
Across the United States and around the world wild buffalo are a cherished, celebrated, honored animal, symbolizing the very spirit of wild, untamed North America. Recent polls have shown that Montana residents also overwhelmingly support wild, migratory populations of American buffalo in Montana, yet Montana livestock interests maintain absolute power over wild bison, making outlaws of these native gentle giants. Under MCA 81-2-120 the Montana Department of Livestock has absolute authority over wild, migratory bison when they enter Montana. The people of Montana -- and all Americans -- must rally and repeal livestock authority over wild, migratory buffalo and restore integrity for care-taking our natural heritage before it is too late.
TAKE ACTION! Please personalize the sample letter below and contact Montana Goveror Steve Bullock urging him to support initiatives that welcome, respect and value native wild bison in Montana, and to abolish MCA 81-2-120 which empowers the state's livestock agency to manage - through abuse and slaughter - America's last wild bison. Let him know you stand for protecting America's wild buffalo and our natural heritage. If you live out of state, let him know why you visit Montana and Yellowstone Country. If you are a Montana resident, express yourself! Urge Governor Bullock to show strong leadership by working not only to defeat efforts that seek to destroy our last wild buffalo and public wildlife, but to support initiatives that help naturally restore these gentle giants throughout Montana.
Alternately, you can contact Governor Bullock directly:
Montana Governor Steve Bullock
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Building
P.O. Box 200801
Helena, MT 59620-0801
Fax: 1-406-444 5529
Website form: http://governor.mt.gov/contact.aspx