Stop the Yellowstone Bison Slaughter

Bison, (c) Annie Griffiths Belt

Each winter, thousands of the last genetically pure wild bison face harassment and slaughter. You can help save them. Please take action now!

All they wanted was some food. Now some of the last true, wild bison in America face slaughter simply for leaving Yellowstone National Park.

Urge U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to find an alternative to killing these amazing animals.

Harsh winter conditions have buried vegetation deep under snow,  and these majestic animals – some of the only pure descendants of America’s original bison herds – are leaving Yellowstone Park for lower elevations to find food.

Nearly 400 Yellowstone bison have been rounded up and are now being held in corrals near Gardiner, Montana where federal officials will determine whether they will live or die.

The bison are being tested for the disease brucellosis. Those that test positive will be slaughtered… soon.

Since the corrals are only designed to hold 400 bison and federal agents have been aggressively rounding up all the animals that stray from Yellowstone National Park, even brucellosis-free bison may be killed as well.

Help stop the bison slaughter. Send your message now.

America’s wild bison can play an important role in balanced, natural ecosystems. They once numbered in the millions, but now only a few thousand true bison remain – mainly confined to Yellowstone.

Bison scientists tell us we need multiple herds of at least 1,000 bison to assure their long term survival, and larger herds to resume their role in nature. The Yellowstone area is one of the only places we can accomplish this, yet our own National Park Service and Forest Service are partners in hazing – and often killing – bison whenever they leave the park.

Without additional habitat, the terrible cycle of corralling and slaughter will continue. Our bison need more places to roam free.

Send your message to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and urge them to stop the slaughter and give our bison the space they need to survive.

These incredibly important animals are among the only bison to carry the bloodlines of our historic herds. They should be allowed to roam free beyond Yellowstone, not executed over exaggerated fears.

2 Responses to “Stop the Yellowstone Bison Slaughter”

  1. Morten Christoffersen

    Dear mr. Salazar. Dear mr. Vilsack

    Don’t you think your country’s last wild bison herd deserve better than being rounded up in corrals and eventually shot just because they dare to stray out of Yellowstone? Don’t tell me there isn’t room for them somewhere on the great plains, or do you want it all ploughed up?

    Sincerely,

    Morten christofferen
    Aarhus, Denmark

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