Buffalo Field Campaign
Winter 2001-2002

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April 11, 2002
More buffalo sacrificed to please cattle ranchers
Press release from Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC)
Seven of the bison, including a bull and six cows, were slaughtered today. 13 were released. The DOL began using a different test last week to determine which bison are slaughtered and which released after being questioned by Park Service officials and bison advocates.

In a letter to the Montana State Veterinarian on March 7, 2002, Wayne Brewster, Deputy Director of the Yellowstone Center for Resources stated, "During the development of the Bison Management Plan, MDOL insisted that the card test be the serological test that is used to determine whether bison are removed to slaughter or not. The cooperating agencies should be mindful that the analysis of impacts in the EIS, which Montana adopted for its Record of Decision, was predicated upon historical removal rates based on the results of the card test."

BFC has documented a higher percentage of bison going to slaughter since the change to the FPA test this winter. According to BFC spokesperson Peter Leusch, "The card test is an inaccurate test, and now the FPA has an even higher percentage of false positives. It's obvious that these bison are not being slaughtered because of brucellosis, but out of a misguided prejudice against bison in Montana."

Results of the FPA test sent 32 of 50 (64 percent) of captured bison to slaughter this winter. Since switching back to the CARD test, the figure has dropped to 13 of 35 (26 percent).

Brian Huntington, a BFC volunteer from Missoula, was arrested by Forest Service agents and charged with resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer at Horse Butte during the capture operation. He was transported to Missoula this morning and arraigned on federal charges.

As yesterday's operation was underway a different herd of forty-six bison migrated from the Park near the Madison River and grazed along the shoulders of highway 191, standing in the road and crossing back and forth near a dangerous corner. Several Gallatin National Forest and Gallatin County law enforcement vehicles drove past on their way to participate in the bison capture at Horse Butte without stopping to warn motorists of the bison in the road. In order to prevent an accident BFC volunteers stationed themselves on the roadside and warned approaching motorists.

"As yesterday's events so clearly illustrate," said Brister, "the present buffalo slaughter is destroying our natural heritage, wasting our tax dollars, and keeping our public servants from doing their jobs."

The Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field, everyday, to stop the slaughter of Yellowstone's wild buffalo. Volunteers defend the buffalo on their traditional winter habitat and advocate for their protection. Daily patrols stand with the buffalo on their native ground and document every move made against them.Video footage is available upon request.    -30-

Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957 West Yellowstone, Mt. 59758
Phone (406) 646-0070 Fax (406) 646-0071
E-mail buffalo@wildrockies.org.http://www.wildrockies.org/buffalo
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2002
Contacts: Dan Brister (406) 726-5555; Mike Mease (406) 646-0070

Montana Indiscriminately Slaughters 29 More Yellowstone Bison
West Yellowstone, MT: Without even testing them for brucellosis the  Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) slaughtered 29 bison today. The animals were captured Monday in the Duck Creek capture facility and confined for 36 hours before being shipped to slaughter. It is uncertain why the animals were held so long inside the capture facility.

Since the last week of April the DOL has slaughtered 133 bison, more than the combined kills of the previous four years. Montana hasn't slaughtered as many bison since 1996-'97, when the state killed nearly 1,100 buffalo that migrated out of Yellowstone National Park.

"The current slaughter has nothing to do with brucellosis," said Dan Brister of the Buffalo Field Campaign. "The livestock industry has zero tolerance for free-roaming buffalo and they are doing all they can to destroy the Yellowstone herd."Today's killing brings the year's death toll to 200 buffalo. Only 67 of those (33 percent) were even tested for brucellosis antibodies. 133 Yellowstone buffalo were slaughtered this winter without being tested.

Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers spent the past two nights between the Duck Creek trap and the Yellowstone boundary, working to prevent the capture of even more bison. "We heard loud crashes throughout the night as the frightened bison banged their heads against the trap's steel walls," said BFC volunteer Christopher May. Buffalo often suffer fatal injuries inside the traps, and BFC has documented the deaths of many buffalo after their release.

"Today's slaughter is a disgrace to Montana," said Robert Sanchez, one of the activists who witnessed Monday's capture. "They captured marked buffalo--animals that were captured earlier in the winter, tested negative for brucellosis exposure, and were released."Video Footage available on request.-30-

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2002
Contacts: Dan Brister (406) 726-5555; Mike Mease (406) 646-0070
Montana Indiscriminately Slaughters 29 More Yellowstone Bison

Yellowstone, MT-- The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL) slaughtered 29 bison today without even testing them for brucellosis. The animals were captured Monday in the Duck Creek capture facility and confined for 36 hours before being shipped to slaughter. It is uncertain why the animals were held so long inside the capture facility.

Since the last week of April the DOL has slaughtered 133 bison, more than the combined kills of the previous four years. Montana hasn't slaughtered as many bison since 1996-'97, when the state killed nearly 1,100 buffalo that migrated out of Yellowstone National Park.

"The current slaughter has nothing to do with brucellosis," said Dan Brister of the Buffalo Field Campaign. "The livestock industry has zero tolerance for free-roaming buffalo and they are doing all they can to destroy the Yellowstone herd."

Today's killing brings the year's death toll to 200 buffalo. Only 67 of those (33 percent) were even tested for brucellosis antibodies. 133 Yellowstone buffalo were slaughtered this winter without being tested.

Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers spent the past two nights between the Duck Creek trap and the Yellowstone boundary, working to prevent the capture of even more bison. "We heard loud crashes throughout the night as the frightened bison banged their heads against the trap's steel walls," said BFC volunteer Christopher May. Buffalo often suffer fatal injuries inside the traps, and BFC has documented the deaths of many buffalo after their release.

"Today's slaughter is a disgrace to Montana," said Robert Sanchez, one of the activists who witnessed Monday's capture. "They captured marked buffalo--animals that were captured earlier in the winter, tested negative for brucellosis exposure, and were released."

Video Footage available on request.   -30

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