Who to contact regarding the bison slaughter

This info came today from the Buffalo Field Campaign.


PLEASE CONTACT these three decision-makers TODAY demanding that they cease plans to capture and slaughter the buffalo who are trying to live wild and free!  Contact each by phone, fax, and email and let’s not let them forget that the world is watching!
* MONTANA GOVERNOR BRIAN SCHWEITZER:  Demand that Schweitzer keep his campaign promise to provide tolerance for bison in Montana.
(406) 444-3111 (phone)
(406) 444-5529 (fax)
governor@mt.gov (email)

* MONTANA ACTING STATE VET JEANNE RANKIN:  Urge her to withdraw her decision to slaughter Yellowstone bison calves and family groups.  Remind her you are boycotting beef and your friends are joining you!
(406) 444-1895 (phone)

(800) 523-3162 (phone)
(406) 444-1929 (fax)

jrankin@mt.gov  (email)

* YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK SUPERINTENDENT SUZANNE LEWIS:  Ask her if it’s really worth the lives of 300 wild buffalo, including newborn calves, to have Montana ship them to slaughter rather than deeper into the Park.

(307) 344-2002 (phone)
(307) 344-2005 (fax)

suzanne_lewis@nps.gov OR yell_superintendent@nps.gov (email)

It’s crucial that we flood these offices today!  Capture could begin as soon as Thursday, with transport to slaughter beginning Friday.  Read BFC’s press release from Tuesday at:








  1. Jon Way Avatar

    What about a proposal to ship the officials wasting our tax-$ to slaughter? Maybe that would stop them from listening to backward thinking folks.

  2. Pronghorn Avatar

    Dear Governor Schweitzer:

    I saw you on television yesterday, sitting in the meeting with the Board of Livestock, deciding that 300 Yellowstone bison (including calves) should die based on a lie and a fraud. Where was the attention-grabbing bravado you’ve displayed on other occasions? Where was the brash proclamation, “Gosh darn it, I’m from Montana, and in Montana, we stand up for what’s right!”? Governor, are you forsaking your role as a political maverick, or just lying low in this instance for political convenience? Are you merely a puppet of the Montana livestock industry, your strings pulled by your party chairman (a rancher who considers Yellowstone nothing more than “a large ranch”)? The citizens of Montana are watching, and we’ll determine the answers to these questions based on your actions going forward. Your actions thus far have been a shameful display of political expedience at the expense of truth, justice, and compassion.

    When I voted for you and your bold talk of “greater tolerance” for Yellowstone bison, who knew the day would come when I would be ashamed to call myself a Montana Democrat–just like Brian Schweitzer? I was duped.

  3. Buffaloed Avatar

    The Governor left before the meeting was over and before the decision was made to kill the bison. He called the emergency meeting and didn’t even wait for any conclusions.

  4. jordan Avatar

    As urged, I called today, May 30th, to the three entities suggested and left messages, protesting the slaughter of bison. I doubt the Montana Gov, Yellowstone Park Superintentant or Mt “acting state vet” ( the last two are women) give a rats ass about the bison. Rather, they have big paid jobs and it makes no difference rather they protect or kill wildlife.

  5. Eric Avatar

    I wrote all three but separately. I guess I’ll call the numbers now as well.

  6. Jean Avatar

    I just wanted to say I called today. I will also back it up with email

  7. Steve Avatar

    We should all file complaints with the American Veterinary Medical Association against Dr. Rankin. How can she call herself a vet? I sent her a copy of the vet’s oath and urged her to re-read it along with my letter asking her to reconsider her decision to kill these bison.

    “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

    I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

    I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”

  8. Buffaloed Avatar

    Dear Buffalo Friends,
    Your calls, emails and faxes to decision-makers are making a
    difference! The buffalo are not going to be killed tomorrow. The
    agencies are responding to you and have made the decision to give the
    buffalo a reprieve until Monday.
    Now is the time to KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!
    The decision buys the buffalo a little time, so we need to keep the
    pressure on and let everyone we know know what is happening and
    encourage them to take action for the buffalo. It is making a
    difference. There is still time to save these buffalo from
    Montana’s death sentence.
    * Share this link with your friends, colleagues, web sites, email
    lists, any and everyone you can think of:
    This page contains the BFC Emergency Alert with decision-maker
    contacts, a beautiful photo gallery of the baby buffalo and their
    families who are in danger now, recent video footage of the buffalo
    moms and babies, and a BFC press release.
    * The Great Falls Tribune is currently holding an online poll in
    which they ask, “Do you agree with the decision to slaughter 300
    bison and their calves?” Please cast your vote today!
    We will have more information to share in tomorrow’s Update from the
    Field. Thank you for being a friend to the last wild buffalo. Stay
    strong and KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!
    Roam Free,
    Buffalo Field Campaign

  9. Bruce Boxall Avatar
    Bruce Boxall

    I got them all

  10. Monte Avatar

    Why do Democrats hate bison?

  11. be Avatar

    because they take their base for granted…

  12. Pronghorn Avatar

    Monte–just make sure you understand that we’re talking about MONTANA Democrats who serve as a$$-ki$$ers to the livestock industry–not ALL Democrats! (And not all Montana Democrats, either!) I have, in the past, suggested that the Democratic party change its symbol from the donkey to the American bison but–at least here in Montana–the ass might be most appropriate, after all.

  13. Monte Avatar

    Pronghorn, Agreed.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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