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Activists Shut Down Visitor Center, YNP

Mammoth Visitor's Center Temporarily Closed
Mammoth Visitor's Center Temporarily Closed
For Immediate Release, March 26, 2008
Contact: Buffalo Field Campaign, Dan Brister 406-726-5555
On Site Contact: 513-263-0787
Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park - Two West Yellowstone women, Miriam Wasser, 20, and Cat Simonidis, 22, locked themselves together around a post inside the Mammoth Visitor's Center in Yellowstone National Park at approximately 10:30 this morning to call attention to the Park Service's slaughter of nearly 1,000 bison since February 8. Upon discovering the women, Yellowstone officials closed the visitor's center to members of the public and the media, including reporters from CNN, CBS, and an independent film maker.

In spite of receiving thousands of calls, letters, and emails from concerned citizens opposed to the bison slaughter, Yellowstone National Park remains intent on capturing and killing bison. As the women staged their action, Yellowstone Rangers captured between 30 and 50 bison a few miles away. Between February 8 and March 26, Park rangers have captured more than 1200 bison on the north side of Yellowstone National Park. While the government's official reason for the slaughter is to prevent the spread of brucellosis from wild bison to cattle, no such transmission has ever been documented.

In a statement Miriam Wasser explained her motivations: "Faulty brucellosis science and politically motivated carrying capacity figures used in the plan are no excuse for the hazing, capturing, and slaughtering of the last genetically intact, free-roaming bison population in the United States. This issue is black and white: the Park Service is meant to protect and preserve wildlife in National Parks, not indiscriminately slaughter hundreds of buffalo, or compromise their wildness by quarantining and holding them in pens. I am doing this to illuminate the wrongful actions of the Park Service, actions which must STOP!"

The women sent a letter to Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis asking the Park Service to withdraw from the Interagency Bison Management Plan and to protect, rather than slaughter, the bison the agency is entrusted with protecting. The letter, full statements written by the women, and photographs of the action can be viewed on the Buffalo Field Campaign website at:  http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/press0708/pressreleases0708/pressalert032608.html

3,208 wild American bison have been killed or otherwise removed from the remaining wild population since 2000 under actions carried out under the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP), as well as state and treaty hunts. The IBMP is a joint state-federal plan that prohibits wild bison from migrating to lands outside of Yellowstone's boundaries. Wild American bison are a migratory species native to vast expanses of North America and are ecologically extinct everywhere in the United States outside of Yellowstone National Park.

Buffalo Field Campaign strongly opposes the Interagency Bison Management Plan and maintains that wild bison should be allowed to naturally and fully recover themselves throughout their historic native range, especially on public lands.

Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working in the field, every day, to stop the slaughter of the wild American buffalo. Volunteers defend the buffalo and their native habitat and advocate for their lasting protection. Buffalo Field Campaign has proposed real alternatives to the current mismanagement of American bison that can be viewed at  http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/actnow/solutions.html.

For more information, video clips and photos visit:  http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org.

good work 26.Mar.2008 17:32


Good work! I commend these 2 girls doing this. It draws attention like letter writing can not. I've been to Yellowstone and love the natural beauty and animals. It is senseless to slaughter the bison. Threats to cattle are unwarranted. What courage it took to sacrifice like these girls did. Great! Thank you.

September 2003 Audio Interview with Buffalo Field Campaign 28.Mar.2008 17:09

Jim Lockhart


The Buffalo Campaign Road Show came to Liberty Hall this evening, September 11, 2003, after making presentations at the Northwest Portland Farmers Market and People's Food Cooperative. The Campaign is the only group working in the field every day to protect the Yellowstone Bison, America's only continuously wild herd. BFC volunteers defend the bison and their habitat, and document every move made against them.

Buffalo Field Campaign
PO BOX 957
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
406-646-0070; fax: 406-646-0071

Though not being able to stay for the entire event, I managed to capture a 7 1/2 minute interview with Darrell Geist, a board member of the BFC, traveling with the Road Show. The audio is not great, the interview being conducted near traffic and in a stiff wind. But, his words are clear and his message is an important one for those who love the earth and her creatures. The Bison are being slaughtered because they have the disease Brucellosis. But, as Darrell points out, they have the antibodies, not infections, since the buffalo have natural resistance to this disease. Though the unnecessary slaughter of the bison is taking place in Montana, there is plenty that people living outside that state can do to assist BFC and the buffalo. Much of what is taking place there is federally funded, and this can be interrupted by our members of Congress, if people let their representatives hear from them.