Montana promise bison slaughter was over not true. It continues.
This is from the Buffalo Field Campaign. I edited it to put all their links at the end (suggestion, more people will read the news if they find it quickly). Ralph Maughan
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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Missoula-area folks can learn more and/or show their support for wild bison at a Gathering for the Buffalo this Saturday, May 3rd at noon, large meeting room at the Missoula Public Library. Free and open to the public. Details here http://www.missoulaevents.net/index.php/ID/4279b9988f2bb43fb5235b01014f2fb4/fuseaction/events.detail.htm
I am not surprised. Is there anything they do that’s “above board”??
LIke Pronghorn said: This will be a good bit of information for the Buffalo informational gathering at the library in Missoula library this weekend. I think I’ll be asking this question so it is out in the air.
What is it about being continually lied too? after awhile one becomes very cynical…
I am increasingly cynical as well Heather.
I get so tired of the song and dance we get from these people.
We only want to kill a few, we want to save 25 of them. Enough have been killed this year, let’s kill some more. They could spread desease, let’s forget about testing them.
It is all pathetic and sick.
Couldn’t their statements about not killing anymore this year be seen as a verbal contract? Haven’t they violated it enough? I hope people will publicize this so the world can see how much their word is really worth-sqwat, nada, zilch!
one of the aritcles i read the other day, quoted the mouthpiece for the park, Nash, saying, if they come out next year, they will be slaughtered again,, i am just curious as to how many they will kill if weather is severe like it was this year
What we have are agencies captured by livestock interests that need a reason for actions that are clearly arbitrary and ill-conceived. We need a couple of favorable decisions from the courts (and a Federal administration change) and then the bison can be petitioned for listing as endangered (which it clearly is).
I posted this quote on another thread, and do not know who said it.
“Society is like a pot of soup. It needs to be stirred often to keep scum from forming on the top”.
I intend to trade my spoon for an electric mixer.
I got a price from my printer guy today. What i am doing is having bright lime card stock printed on both sides. It is one package of stock-(250 sheets)- that is recycled paper and cost 15 dollars. Each 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece will be cut into 8 cards, for handing out in the park. It’s 30 dollars for 2,004 individual cards from 250 sheets of card stock.
Lime green for two reasons: 1. it’s a really bright color, and 2. If any get dropped on the ground they will be easy to spot and pick up.
The small card will fit in pockets for convenience, and hopefully less likely to end up in the garbage.
2,004 cards printed front and back for a total of 45 dollars.
That’s .0224 cents per card.
I will be handing the cards out while i am in the park this month. I was thinking that it would be great to have a lot of these cards to hand out during our protest in July.
I can e-mail the template to take to your own printer. Or if you cannot find a good price and want to pitch in some cash i can have my printer do them.
I checked prices for various items to give away, and all were very expensive. Unless a huge amount was purchased, but then the cash needed was an enormous amount. (The prices were wholesale).
if you are talking about doing it in yellowstone, i would think they wourl be frowning on handing out flyers and stuff.., jsut a thought,,
That’s already been checked out. Thanks Kim.
This whole thing makes me want to finally leave this country for good.
Don’t count the country out yet Bill, there are good people trying to make things right.
I am getting ready for my family’s annual trip to YNP. Today while packing I had a very sinking realization. I will have to actively try to spot a bison in the park this summer.
Wow, I have been going to the park for over 30 years. I can not remember a time in the last 12 when I ahven’t driven by so many bison that we stopped counting them.
It is so sinking to realize that while for years I drove by, hiked by, or fished near bison without giving them a second thought. But this year, I will not likely even see them in mass, as I have for so long. I am so ashamed to have taken them for granted.
I came home from packing things into my trailer, and walked immediately to my photos. I began looking through the photos of countless bison, I have colected for so many years. Then I began to stare at them, and a lump formed in my throat. I know while I look at the photos, especially recent shots, that the bison I am looking at are most likely dead.
That is a truth I could easily handle if I knew they’d died a natural or wild death. But I am so sickened that they were wasted, and abused in their final hours. They were herded like cows, and slaughtered without dignity, without the dignity that these noble beasts deserve.
The repercussion of this years hazing and slaughter is going to be heard long and far.
Undoubtedly we will hear, the bison are in trouble because of the wolves, and oh-it was the hard winter that did it.
I wish. I wish we could attribute it to something natural. But, sadly, we are stuck with the truth that they died a cruel and wasteful death at the hands of an inhumane government that is coersed and paid for, they are dead courtesy of greed and cows.
I used to get stuck in bison jams as the herds crossed roads and held up traffic. This year it is more likely that the jams will be people who line the roads desperately trying to get a glimpse of a rare bison.
We drove into the park through the North entrance yesterday, snow still covers much of the ground and most of the Bison are still starving. they are still strugling down the road to walk towards the gate. The calves don’t look good and I suspect the mortality rate might be very high.
Thanks for the update, grim though it is.
That quote is from Edward Abbey. He also said:
“The purpose and function of government is not to preside over change but to prevent change. By political methods when unavoidable, by violence when convenient.”
“The rancher strings barbed wire across the range, drills wells and bulldozes stock ponds everywhere, drives off the elk and antelope and bighorn sheep, poisons coyotes and prairie dogs, shoots eagle and bear and cougar on sight, supplants the native bluestem and grama grass with tumbleweed, cow shit, cheat grass, snakeweed, anthills, poverty weed, mud and dust and flies–and then leans back and smiles broadly at the Tee Vee cameras and tells us how much he loves the West”
Sorry Ralph, I forgot to mention that we also witnessed Park personal dragging a dead Bison out of a field using a front end loader and chains in front of a shocked group of onlookers. Looks like Suzanne is a bit concerned about summer tourist seeing a bunch of dead bison along the road when they drive into the park. Not a good thing for the predators either.
Here is the link to the 2008 Summer YNP Newspaper Publication
If you Scroll down to the issues in Yellowstone/Bison Management Section, (When Bison leave the park) you can read the blatant disinformation and propaganda they are going to feed the tourist this summer, by omitting that they Routinely allow Bison to be slaughtered after they leave the park.
I read the link, then proceeded to the NPS web site. I went to the contact NP page about their site, etc.
I sent a very specific email demanding that they tell the whole truth in their guides. I asked why they fail to mention that they help round up bison inside the park. I asked why they left out the fact that the bison rounded up are slaughtered in mass. I asked why they left out the fact that a massive number of bison have been killed, leaving a struggling population to try to survive winter. Why did they intentionally mention that the bison remaining will have to be the limited genetic pool for all future bison. I asked why they failed to say that bison have never been proven to have transmitted brucellosis to any cow, ever.
I demanded that they remember their mission is to protect natural resources and wildlife-not the cows outside of the park.
Maybe everyone else should email them too.
Bison activists have been asking these questions for years. It’s about time the public asks them too.
Very true!!!! We (myself, dbh, and a few others from here, are rounding up some public and taking a trip to YNP in July. You are welcome to join us. We aim to ask questions and get others to ask also.)
On a note of gratitude-thanks BFC for your endless work.
Thank you for the quotes. They give words to some of my thoughts. Abbey could not have said it better. He gets right to the point.
I didn’t get to the park this weekend but the OF web cam is showing fresh now again this morning. I just don’t see how any of the Bison are going to survive, especially the new born calf’s
Web Cam http://www.nps.gov/archive/yell/oldfaithfulcam.htm