DON'T LET YELLOWSTONE DO THIS TO AMERICA'S LAST WILD BUFFALO!
Yellowstone National Park has recently confirmed their plans to capture wild buffalo for transport to research facilities and to slaughter.
Yellowstone National Park officials and other Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) entities are aiming to kill hundreds of wild buffalo this winter through hunting, slaughter, or both. Over 200 wild buffalo have already been killed in state and treaty hunts, yet Yellowstone intends for hundreds more of America's last wild buffalo to be permanently removed from the population. When buffalo are captured within Yellowstone National Park's Stephens Creek bison trap, they will suffer captivity, sorting and separation from their families, horrors of being tested and handled by humans, and transport to USDA-APHIS run research prisons and slaughter facilities.
Yellowstone says they want to "even the sex ratio" of wild buffalo, stating that a "skewed sex ratio" has resulted from years of capture and slaughter operations. Now in response to these earlier crimes against buffalo, Yellowstone plans to kill more cow than bull buffalo, some of them just weeks away from giving birth. In other words the government is saying they will slaughter more buffalo to mitigate the impact of slaughtering so many buffalo. Talk about playing God in Yellowstone.
Up to sixty-three young buffalo would be handed over to USDA-APHIS for use in their experiments with GonaCon, a chemical pesticide birth control. APHIS claims this reserch is about brucellosis, but in reality, it is a population control experiment.
Yellowstone National Park threatens the buffalo's immediate suvivial and evolutionary potential and are are absolutely contrary to their mission to preserve and protect plant and animal species unimpaired for present and future generations. The wild bison of the Yellowstone ecosystem are America's last continuously wild herds and number fewer than 4,200. Wild bison are ecologically extinct throughout their native range.
TAKE ACTION! Using the sample letter below, in your own words tell Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk that you absolutely oppose any capture or slaughter of wild buffalo, and that you oppose them handing wild buffalo over to USDA-APHIS for birth control or any other experiments. Yellowstone is mandated by law to protect wild bison, not cater to Montana's cattle politics, which are driving these unjust and unnecessary actions against the gentle giants. Tell Superintendent Wenk to stop being a puppet for Montana livestock interests, pull out of the draconian Interagency Bison Management Plan, and to stand up for the wildlife that the American people have placed in Yellowstone's care. Wild bison are a natural, national treasure, the prehistoric and rightful roamers of North America, and we will not stand by and allow Yellowstone or Montana's cattle industry to jeopardize their future for any reason.
Alternately to using this sample letter, you can contact Superintendent Wenk directly at:
Daniel Wenk, Superintendent
Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168
(307) 344-2002 phone
(307) 344-2014 fax