15 buffalo killed on US 191 - Buffalo Allies of Bozeman signs on to letter to MT Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol
Over the past week, 15 bison were killed on U.S. 191 just north of West Yellowstone in three vehicle collisions. A coalition of bison advocates talked about and drafted a letter that is posted below.
In addition to the letter, we in Buffalo Allies of Bozeman want to send out this message to the public at large. You will notice that the letter talks about increased enforcement; however, we believe that no amount of enforcement will matter unless we in the community take steps to educate each other, slow down, and be aware.
The situation with the buffalo moving to habitat where the highway crosses it will continue to create this situation in the spring. It is imperative that we are aware for our safety and for the safety of the buffalo. Please slow down! Please be aware! Please let your friends and neighbors know that buffalo are in the roadways OUTSIDE OF YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, especially in the spring. Like so many of the changes we would like to see with the buffalo, it's up to us.
ANIMAL WELFARE INSTITUTE
BUFFALO ALLIES OF BOZEMAN
The Bluegrass & Beyond Buffalo Benefit was a great success. Co-sponsored by Buffalo Allies of Bozeman and Buffalo Field Campaign, a great time was had by most all. Thank you Bozeman for supporting local musicians and the buffalo!
A lot more pictures of the event can be found here:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2009
Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery and Conservation Act of 2009 would restore bison in Montana as valued, native wildlife and would remove management from state Department of Livestock.
HB 253 has three main facets. It will:
- 1. Restore buffalo as "valued, native wildlife in the state of Montana."
February 5, 2009. Glenn Hockett of Gallatin Wildlife Association reports that HB 253 has failed in committee. This is very unfortunate and evidence again that Montana government does not support wild bison. Thanks to all the Montanans who do; supporters of HB 253 outnumbered detractors by 4 to 1 during the recent committee hearing.
The Greater Yellowstone Region is home to America's largest genetically pure and truly wild buffalo herd. Buffalo symbolize the natural and cultural heritage of Yellowstone and the West. It is time to manage wild buffalo as valued, native wildlife in Montana. Join us in making a commitment to restoring and conserving wild buffalo populations in Montana.