The Bison Haze: A Yellowstone Controversy

I found this documentary (The Bison Haze) linked to the Buffalo Field Campaign blog.




  1. jjordan Avatar

    Thanks Ralph, Just watched all three parts, Not Real impressed, No depth, and a lot of footage that could have been left out.

  2. dbaileyhill Avatar

    I also watched all three parts. The people who filmed this said it an “art film” , a different kind of art genre. I have seen many art films/videos, live video installations, all over the world, and some really far-out work but in my professional opinion it fell short. They claimed to show all sides of the controversy and i do not agree that they did. I was very disappointed. There was an interesting discussion of the “film” on the New West web-site.
    jjordan’s comment reflects that of the posts at New West.
    I read the discussion then watched each part first without sound and then with sound. In my opinion, the film is not effective in conveying what is happening to the bison.
    I posted after i read the comments, but decided not to post again after watching, as I don’t have anything positive to say about it and my impression of the comments written by a couple of people involved with the film, is that they don’t seem to want to have a “real” discussion about the “film”.

  3. Tom Rice Avatar

    There’s a fourth film on that site titled “Bison Bison.” It’s about the latest buffalo hunt at Yellowstone, and both hunters and Buffalo Field Campaign volunteers are interviewed.

  4. Tom Rice Avatar

    Sorry, that film I mention above is footage from last year’s hunt.

  5. jjordan Avatar

    Time arrives for captured bison to return to park


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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