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Each year, as wild bison wander beyond the borders of Yellowstone National Park in search of food, Montana livestock officials demand that these iconic animals be rounded up and shipped to slaughter houses to keep them out of Montana and to keep their numbers low.

The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), responding to unfounded fears of some livestock producers, has taken the position that letting bison wander outside the park exposes cattle to a bacterial disease called brucellosis. But there has not been a single documented case of bison transmitting the disease to cattle in Montana.

Many conservation groups support the solution of an expanded "tolerance zone" around Yellowstone National Park, an area dominated by public land where bison would be allowed to roam. Yet the Montana Board of Livestock, which oversees the DOL, is blocking this common-sense solution. Governor Bullock must use his authority to urge this Board to get on board with this common-sense solution. Until then, any bison wandering outside the boundaries of Yellowstone could be shipped to slaughter.

Yellowstone is home to one of the last genetically pure wild herds of bison left in North America. This yearly slaughter not only prevents the herd from expanding...it also sets back bison restoration at other sites that could use Yellowstone bison to repopulate native herds.

Tell Governor Steve Bullock to stop the slaughter and let bison roam outside of Yellowstone National Park!

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Dear Governor Bullock,

I am saddened to learn that your Department of Livestock continues to force the hazing and slaughter of Yellowstone's wild bison as they roam out of Yellowstone Park and into Montana. This is an unnecessary tragedy directly resulting from the Montana Board of Livestock's rejection of a widely-supported proposal to expand the wild bison "tolerance zone" north and west of the Park and a failure to voice a new vision for the future of Yellowstone bison.

I want to thank you for your vetoes of anti-bison legislation in 2013. I hope you will continue to champion bison conservation and restoration by shutting down future ship-to-slaughter programs as your predecessor, Governor Brian Schweitzer, did in 2011 and 2012. I ask you to also use your influence to ensure that the Montana Board of Livestock supports common sense solutions such as expanding the bison "tolerance zone" north and west of Yellowstone National Park.

It's time for a new vision that is not rooted in prejudice and fear. Nobody wants to see wanton, unnecessary slaughter of Yellowstone's wild bison. This is why Yellowstone National Park, the Intertribal Buffalo Council, individual Tribes, many conservation groups and almost all of the 120,000 people that commented on the bison "tolerance zone" expansion proposal want to see expansion implemented, maintained and improved. The best science supports expansion, and the moral choice is to prevent this needless slaughter and let real solutions emerge that address Yellowstone bison population management. The future for this herd and the future for bison restoration to additional locations depend on it.

You have the authority to guide the choices made by your agencies. Make bison a real part of Montana's wildlife heritage. Please use the weight of your office to get the Board of Livestock to be part of the solution and support year-round tolerance zones for Yellowstone's bison.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Sep 2, 2014 Lee Syms
Sep 2, 2014 Nicole Rollings Please protect these animals
Sep 2, 2014 kia gwynn
Sep 2, 2014 yvonne correa Stop this abuse on these beautiful animals
Sep 2, 2014 Lynn Colson
Sep 2, 2014 Nan Brower
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Maribel Myers
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Heather Szot
Sep 2, 2014 Teresa Steen
Sep 2, 2014 Shelly Nonnweiler
Sep 2, 2014 Sally Emery Kill kill kill! Is that all you know?
Sep 2, 2014 Lisa Sauer
Sep 2, 2014 M Magee
Sep 2, 2014 Emily Carr
Sep 2, 2014 Deb Lill Stop the slaughter of bison
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Louie Jimenez
Sep 2, 2014 Tami Lofland
Sep 2, 2014 Krystal Ojeda
Sep 2, 2014 Hugh Shinn
Sep 2, 2014 Cindy Cain
Sep 2, 2014 jan cole
Sep 2, 2014 Karina Borod
Sep 2, 2014 scott gray
Sep 2, 2014 Jay Flanders
Sep 2, 2014 Kamila Julia
Sep 2, 2014 John Crowther
Sep 2, 2014 Mary Madeco-Smith
Sep 2, 2014 Jenny Marshall
Sep 2, 2014 Jean Williams
Sep 2, 2014 Cindi Wetzel
Sep 2, 2014 Emily Luttrell-narigon
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed) Why must anything having to do with animals end in cruelty? Herd the humans, and leave the animals alone!
Sep 2, 2014 pasindi maniyangama
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Gina Van Vleck
Sep 2, 2014 Bernadette Evans
Sep 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 2, 2014 Petra Meier
Sep 2, 2014 Gigi Byrne Bison were Indians companions from way back. Please protect them!!
Sep 2, 2014 Thomas Puddy
Sep 2, 2014 Pattie Garcia Please stop the slaughter of this beautiful animal. We need to preserve it.
Sep 2, 2014 nancy richuiti
Sep 2, 2014 Nicolette Gallegos
Sep 2, 2014 Wendy A
Sep 2, 2014 Sharon Thiel Noble and proud reminders of our western heritage ......bison deserve our protection .
Sep 2, 2014 Jennifer Phelps

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