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.
Buffalo Allies of Bozeman is organizing a caravan of volunteers from our area to car pool down to Buffalo Field Campaign for a volunteer day - which involves volunteer training.
Caravan will meet in the Alberton's Parking Lot at 8:30 AM (over by Staples in the parking lot toward 23rd Ave.). We will be back by the end of the day (by early evening).
If you are interested in coming, please contact Jim Macdonald at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Here are some things to keep in mind:
1. You don't need to bring skis or snowshoes if you don't have them.
2. You don't need to know how to ski - they will teach you.
3. You don't need to ski - there are other volunteer opportunities besides going out into the field.
4. Whatever skill you have - even if you don't think it's relevant - is relevant. There are opportunities to help in the kitchen, help with auto repairs, etc.
On January 5, 2009, I was a participant in a march on behalf of the wild buffalo population in Yellowstone National Park, animals who have been denied year round habitat in the state of Montana. The action, sponsored by Buffalo Field Campaign and Buffalo Allies of Bozeman, was in Helena and was targeted at the swearing in of the state legislature and Gov. Brian Schweitzer, under whose watch the greatest wild buffalo slaughter since the 19th century has happened. It was in support of the Montana Wild Buffalo Recovery & Conservation Act of 2009, which calls for shifting management of wild bison from the Montana Department of Livestock to Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks so that bison are managed as wildlife instead of as animals in need of disease control.
***BFC press release*** Buffalo Allies of Bozeman has endorsed the event and is organizing a car pool. If you want to join us, please meet at the Albertson's parking lot at 7 AM over toward Staples on Monday morning where we'll be leaving. Or, join us at the event.
WILD BISON ADVOCATES TO HOLD RALLY IN HELENA
Montana Residents Will Urge Governor and Legislature to Support Bison Recovery Legislation
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 2, 2009
Press Contacts: Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign, 406-646-0070
HELENA, MT - As the Montana Legislature and Governor Brian Schweitzer are sworn in to office on Monday, January 5, wild bison advocates will gather in Helena to champion wild bison and their right to roam in Montana.
* WHO: Buffalo Field Campaign, Buffalo Allies of Bozeman, and everyone who cares about restoring wild bison in Montana
* WHAT: March & Rally in Defense of Wild Bison in Montana
* WHEN: Monday, January 5, 2009. 9:00 am - 10:30 am
* WHERE: Meet at Women's Park, located between Neil and Fuller Avenues, then march to the state capitol around 9:30 am.