SAPL eAlert: Yellowstone Bison Must be Saved from Needless Round-Up and Slaughter

May 31st, 2007 3:44 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: Cathy Liss, Legislative Director – action [at]
Date: May 31, 2007 11:24 AM

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In just a few days, any Yellowstone bison remaining outside of Yellowstone National Park will risk capture by officials from the State of Montana, the National Park Service, and other state and federal agencies. The animals, currently grazing peacefully on national forest lands near West Yellowstone, Mont., will be cruelly forced on to trucks and driven to slaughter. Many potential victims are mother bison and their newborn calves (see images of the bison at During the capture and loading process, the newborns may be injured and separated from their mothers. All will be terrified as they endure confinement, transport and slaughter.

The capture was supposed to begin today, but thanks to an outcry to federal and state officials from compassionate individuals like you, officials will first try to direct the bison back into Yellowstone National Park (a process known as “hazing”). However, this brief reprieve from death will come to an end on Monday, when any bison who remain outside the park is scheduled to be captured and killed.

This action is based on a perceived threat that the bison will transmit the disease brucellosis to cattle, even though there has never been a documented case of transmission from bison to cattle outside of a laboratory. The risk of transmission, if it even exists, is extraordinarily remote. Because the bacteria is passed via contact with contaminated reproductive products, only pregnant bison pose even a theoretical risk of transmission. Despite this fact, the agencies routinely kill bulls, calves and yearlings; 4,000 have died since 1985. It appears that the capture and slaughter plan may reflect Montana’s overreaction to the recent detection of brucellosis in a cattle herd — an outbreak not attributable to Yellowstone bison.

Worsening the situation, the National Park Service has rejected a suggestion to transport any captured bison by truck deep into the park for release, despite the fact that there are no insurmountable obstacles preventing implementation of this option to spare the bisons’ lives. To deny the gentle animals a second chance at life is a shameful decision coming from an agency whose mission is to protect wildlife, and whose emblem actually includes the image of a bison.


Your urgent assistance is needed to help save Yellowstone bison. Please call or e-mail Montana Governor Schweitzer, Yellowstone Superintendent Suzanne Lewis, and the National Park Service Director Mary Bomar ASAP, thanking them for deciding to try hazing the bison back into Yellowstone National Park and politely urging them to show compassion by continuing to use non-lethal strategies to spare the lives of these animals.

Remember to also ask Governor Schweitzer to call off any capture and slaughter plan in favor of, at a minimum, hazing the bison back into the park using the most humane methods possible. Furthermore, please ask Superintendent Lewis and Director Bomar to allow any captured bison to be transported and released back into the park.

Governor Brian Schweitzer
(406) 444-3111
governor [at]

Superintendent Suzanne Lewis
(307) 344-2002
yell_superintendent [at]
Suzanne_lewis [at]

Director Mary Bomar
(202) 208-4621
Mary_Bomar [at]
Director_Bomar [at]

We have listed multiple contact options since it may be hard to get through to these officials. Please, do not give up, and try again if necessary. It is critical that you reach these individuals with your message.

Please share our “Dear Humanitarian” eAlert with family, friends and co-workers, and encourage them to contact everyone listed above, too. As always, thank you very much for your help!

Cathy Liss

Legislative Director

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