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  • Montana Governor Judy Martz - Email Address
    She wants to continue slaughtering the bison!

    Or utilize this Email Contact Page.

    Please Send Your Email to Both Addresses!

    Our Yellowstone buffalo are being killed due to the threat that they "may" spread Brucellosis to domestic cattle.

    "Brucellosis is commonly transmitted between bison in the same herd because bison congregate during calving. Other bison groom the cow or calf and sniff or lick the aborted fetus or placenta, which transmits the brucellosis." From "Bison Brucellosis Could Have Been on Its Way to Being "History" by Carol Flaherty. Brucellosis could possibly be transmitted to cattle if the cattle were to come into contact with an aborted bison fetus or placenta. Brucellosis bacteria is killed by contact or exposure to air or oxygen.

    Buffalo winter outside Yellowstone on their normal winter range in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Cattle are not in or on the same range or vicinity, they are on their own winter range not anywhere near wintering Yellowstone buffalo. Buffalo do not calve in winter, so there is no threat of spreading or contacting Brucellosis.

    In spring the buffalo migrate back into Yellowstone to their spring range. Buffalo calve in late April and May in Yellowstone National Park, not on any lands outside the park, not on any public lands utilized by ranchers for livestock.

    What are the chances that domestic livestock are going to come into contact with an aborted fetus or placenta in Yellowstone National Park? None, zilch, nada!

    Then, where is the threat to the livestock of the state of Montana?

    Am I missing something here? Why does Judy Martz the Governor of Montana, Montana Federal Representatives, and Montana Department of Livestock personnel insist on killing our buffalo?

    Buffalo migrate into Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. If brucellosis was the "real" issue, Idaho and Wyoming would be rounding up, testing, and slaughtering buffalo. They are not! The elk herd in Yellowstone is a major carrier of brucellosis. They come in contact with livestock and calve in the near vicinity. There is no attempt by Montana or any other state to round up, test and slaughter Yellowstone elk. Why?

    If brucellosis is the issue, each state would handle all wildlife carrying the disease the same.

    What this comes down to is a major power play between the state of Montana and the National Park Service with the buffalo caught in the middle.

    This whole situation makes no sense to me. I believe it is totally motivated by politics as it has no real scientific logic or reasoning behind it.

    Please help get this senseless killing of our American Buffalo stopped forever. We need your help and support! Thanks!

    "Sentiment without action is the death of the soul." Edward Abbey

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.

    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

    Please contact these folks and your government officials

    President George W. Bush
    Phone: 202-456-1414
    Fax: 202-456-2461
    1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20500

    Vice President Dick Cheney
    Phone: 202-456-2326
    Fax: 202-456-7044
    Old Executive Office Building NW
    Washington, DC 20501

    Gale A. Norton - Secretary of the Dept. of Interior
    Phone: 202-208-7351
    Fax: 202-208-6956
    1849 C Street NW
    Washington, DC 20240-0001

    Ann M. Veneman - Secretary of the Dept of Agriculture
    Phone: 202-720-3631
    Fax: 202-720-2166
    14th & Independence Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20250

    Laura Bush
    Phone: 202-456-6266
    Fax: 202-456-6244
    Old Executive Office Building
    Washington, DC 20503

    Click Here to find your government representatives.

    ABC World News Tonight

    CBS Feedback


    NBC Nightly News

    Con / Against

    Governor of Montana Judy Martz - this is the governor's secretary's email. Or utilize this Email Contact Page.
    State Capitol
    Helena, MT 59620
    Phone: 406-444-3111
    Fax: 406-444-4151

    U.S. Senator Montana Max Baucus

    U.S. Senator Montana Conrad Burns

    U.S. Cong. Montana Dennis Rehberg use Montana and 59758 zip code.

    Mr. Cork Mortensen
    Montana Department of Livestock
    P.O. Box 200201
    Helena, MT 59620-0201
    Phone: 406-444-2023

    Mr. Pat Graham, Director
    Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
    1420 East Sixth Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    Phone: 406-444-2535

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
    Margaret Mead

    The Public Comment Period is over, but you can still help by contacting all our government leaders and asking for their help and support in ending the killing of our American Bison or Buffalo! See the lists and links below for email addresses to contact!

    Please take a minute to write a letter or send an email to FINALLY end the senseless killing of our bison!

    If you do not do it, who will?

    Don't think someone else will do it if you won't!

    Get involved and please get your family and friends involved, please!

    Let's flood them with email and letters so they really know we want this to end today!!! Here is your chance to make a difference, do it!

    Email the following individuals:

    Montana Governor Judy Martz - She wants to continue slaughtering the bison.

    President George W. Bush

    Vice President Dick Cheney

    Laura Bush

    Lynne Cheney

    Gale A. Norton - Secretary of the Dept of Interior

    Ann M. Veneman - Secretary of the Dept of Agriculture

    To find and email your federal representatives, please Click Here.

    ABC World News Tonight - Peter Jennings

    CBS Feedback - Dan Rather

    NBC Nightly News - Tom Brokaw


    National Public Radio - Email: Ombudsman

    Please also contact the folks listed below who are Con or Against ending the killing of our bison.

    My Letter (sent on the NPS Comment Page and to all the folks listed above and below):

    Dear President Bush,

    Your help is needed!

    This study, research and killing of our American Bison has been going on way too long!

    1. We need to stop the killing of bison until a plan is established!

    2. We need to make changes to non native animals in the area - domestic livestock.
    Yellowstone was created and set aside to protect its natural beauty, thermal features and wildlife, not for business purposes but for the citizens of this great country and the world.

    3. We need to Restrict or Remove Livestock from public lands surrounding Yellowstone.

    4. We need to Insist that all livestock be vaccinated against brucellosis.

    5. There is no way to vaccinate all bison and all elk against this disease. It would cost too much and you would never know if you vaccinated every bison and elk in the area.

    6. We need to Protect bison, that is why this special area was set aside as the world's first national park.

    7. Since the ranchers want to use public lands, make them responsible to protect and vaccinate their livestock and not the US government and the public.

    8. We need to Stop the killing of bison in winter, there is no, repeat NO THREAT, of brucellosis being spread or contacted in the winter. Bison calve in the spring in Yellowstone, since there are no domestic cattle in Yellowstone, there is no threat of spreading or contacting brucellosis. Please stop the killing!

    9. Why is Montana the only state killing bison? Bison migrate into Wyoming and Idaho, why are they not killing bison? Is it because their cattle are vaccinated against brucellosis? Or is it that the folks in Wyoming and Idaho are just smarter? Politics should not be allowed to kill or slaughter wildlife that you are supposed to be protecting and preserving for all Americans!

    10. Let's stop the politics, stop the killing and force the cattle industry to do what is necessary to protect their livestock and way of life, in other words do their job, it is their responsibility, or remove them from public lands.

    11. Let's use some reason and common sense here and get this over with, we can study this to death. In the mean time our, yours and my bison are being killed. You and I are not the ones being rounded up and killed by the state of Montana! Let's stop the killing and do our jobs and get on with our lives, our jobs and responsibilities!

    John W. Uhler

    Please Help, get your family, friends, neighbors, everyone involved - You Are Needed - Please Get Involved!

    "Sentiment without action is the death of the soul." Edward Abbey

    "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.
    Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
    Margaret Mead

    You, we, made a difference!!! Thanks to all who got involved and sent comments on this issue. This is exciting, to see that we can get organized and make a real difference is heart warming and thrilling! Thanks to all and God bless you! - John

    NEWS RELEASE: US Department of the Interior National Park Service

    For Immediate Release: March 8, 1999


    A draft plan on the management of bison in and around Yellowstone National Park received more than 67,000 public comments from across the country and around the world, the National Park Service announced today. The announcement was made as the NPS released a summary analysis of the comments which details the areas of support and concern generated by the draft plan.

    During the period allowing public comment on the draft EIS, the NPS received 67,520 letters containing 212,249 individual comments. The dominant themes in the letters were bison management and the alternatives for bison management presented in the draft EIS.

    The comments were received in response to a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Interagency Bison Management Plan for the State of Montana and Yellowstone National Park. The EIS was jointly developed by the State of Montana, Department of Interior's National Park Service, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

    The comment period on the draft EIS lasted from June 12, 1998 through November 2, 1998. Comments were received from federal and state agencies, tribes, non-governmental organizations, and interested individuals from every state in the United States and 66 countries throughout the world.

    The cooperating state and federal agencies will now use the public comments to revise the draft EIS and correct errors, incorporate relevant new information, and evaluate new proposed alternatives.

    The report on the summary of public comments will be available beginning March 9, 1999. To request a copy of the public comment report, write:

    Bison Management Plan EIS Team
    National Park Service
    Sarah Bransom
    P.O. Box 25287
    Denver, Colorado 80225-0287
    Phone: 303-969-2251
    Or visit the web site: Here.

    Horse Butte Scoping Letter Comments
    The drop dead date for Comments is: 5:00 pm MST - 11 Jan 2002

    The US Forest Service, for some reason ($$$), is considering opening the Horse Butte area west of Yellowstone to livestock grazing. This area is a major winter migration route and grazing area for bison and other wildlife. The state of Montana has been slaughtering our bison as they migrate to this traditional winter range for food to survive the winter.

    Your help is need to email, fax or send your comments on this proposal. We need to blast them for their short sightedness and their willingness to sacrifice wildlife for money. That is not their charter or so they say. You can send your comments to:

    Email Address for Comments:

    Postal Address for Comments:

    Tris L. Hoffman
    Hebgen Ranger District
    PO Box 520
    West Yellowstone, MT 59758-0520

    Phone and Fax numbers for Comments:

    Phone: 406-823-6966
    Fax: 406-823-6990

    Link to Forest Service Site for Scoping Letter Info and Map

    Horse Butte Scoping Letter

    File Code:1950/2210

    Date:December 4, 2001

    Dear Interested Parties,

    This is supplemental notice that the Hebgen Lake Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest is seeking public comments on a proposal to continue livestock grazing on the Horse Butte allotment through re-issuance of a term grazing permit. To be most useful in assisting the Forest Service to identify environmental issues that should be addressed in analysis, comments should be received within 30 days after the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is published in the Federal Register. This comment due date would be no sooner than December 21, 2001. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires that an NOI be published in the Federal Register whenever an agency has determined that an EIS should be prepared for a proposed activity. The publishing of this NOI has been delayed longer than anticipated due to a national policy that all Federal Register notice documents receive approval at the department level prior to publishing and the fact that most, if not all mail addressed to federal installations in Washington, D.C. is being screened for potential anthrax contamination.

    Description of the Horse Butte Allotment and the Proposed Action

    The Horse Butte grazing allotment is located approximately 8 miles northwest of West Yellowstone, Montana. The proposal would authorize grazing of up to 263 head of cattle and horses from June through mid-October annually under a seasonally deferred rotation schedule. Grazing permits establish the amount, duration, location, and circumstances (management constraints) under which grazing will be allowed on the National Forest.

    Comments will be used to identify issues that should be addressed in the environmental analysis. The analysis is being conducted in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and is designed to inform the Responsible Official of the potential environmental consequences of continued livestock grazing on this allotment. The Responsible Official for this decision is the Hebgen Lake District Ranger. The analysis will also advise of any changes in grazing practices that should be considered.

    The Forest Service currently plans to document this analysis in an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Cattle grazing around the West Yellowstone area is recognized to be controversial since it influences management practices adopted to prevent the transmission of brucellosis to cattle from bison migrating out of Yellowstone Park (Interagency Bison Management Plan, 12/2000).

    The Horse Butte allotment covers approximately 2065 acres of the Horse Butte Peninsula between the Grayling and Madison Arms of Hebgen Lake (see exhibit A). It is bordered by private land along much of its eastern boundary. The allotment is comprised of six pastures. Five of the six pastures are currently, and proposed to be, managed under a seasonally deferred rotation system, 58% of which is primary range and about 37% is secondary range. The sixth pasture, the Grayling Unit, is and on-off pasture. This pasture involves 3 separate parcels of Forest Service property (totaling 65 acres) that are used in combination with adjacent private property. The on-off parcels are currently authorized as continuous grazing.

    The purpose of proposing re-issuance of a livestock grazing permit on the Horse Butte allotment is to continue to allow for this economic activity. Livestock grazing has been an important use of lands within and around the Gallatin National Forest since the 1800's. Grazing has been authorized since the formation of the Gallatin National Forest in the early 1900's and it continues to be an important part of our region's economy today. The Gallatin Forest Plan (1987) sets goals and objectives for management of rangeland habitats and livestock grazing. The applicable management area goal for this area is to provide forage for livestock consistent with meeting grizzly bear mortality reduction goals as established by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee (Forest Plan, MA 15, pg III-47). The decision to be made now is whether to re-issue the livestock grazing permit and if so, under what conditions.

    Again, the comment period has been extended to 30 days from the date the Notice of Intent (NOI) is published in the Federal Register. Because the NOI has not yet been published in the Federal Register, the closing date for comment will be no sooner than January 3, 2002. Comments should be sent to:

    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including the names and addresses of those who comment, will be considered part of the public record on this proposed action and will be available for public inspection. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. However, those who submit anonymous comments will not have standing to appeal the subsequent decision under 36CFR Parts 215 or 217. Additionally, pursuant to 7 CFR 1.27 (d), any person may request the agency to withhold a submission from the public record by showing how the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) permits such confidentiality may be granted in only very limited circumstances such as to protect trade secrets. The Forest Service will inform the requester of the agency's decision regarding the request for confidentiality, and where the request is denied, the agency will return the submission and notify the requester that the comments may be resubmitted with or without name and address within 10 days.

    Hebgen Lake District Ranger

    The drop dead date for Comments is: 5:00 pm MST - 11 Jan 2002

    Here are some other links on the Buffalo Issue

    Brucellosis Info - National Academy of Sciences

    The Bison

    Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative

    The Citizen's Plan to Save Yellowstone Buffalo

    Buffalo Field Campaign

    American Buffalo: Spirit of a Nation

    Buffalo Slaughter of '97

    Buffalo - NWF

    Send Comments To: John@Yellowstone-Natl-Park.Com. Thank you!

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