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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

Oct 31, 2014 Andrew VanValen
Oct 31, 2014 Tina Max
Oct 31, 2014 Patricia Carrera
Oct 31, 2014 Sylvie Didelot
Oct 31, 2014 Pat Brooks
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) leave the bison alone, they are in large part why people come to Yellowstone, for the bison and other animals there
Oct 31, 2014 Mary Grossman Haven't we done enough to them?
Oct 31, 2014 Barbara Britton
Oct 31, 2014 Laura Herndon
Oct 31, 2014 Jennifer Leonard
Oct 31, 2014 Theodosia Paclawskyj
Oct 31, 2014 Rebecca Gentry
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Marke Sinclaire Please continue to protect these animals.
Oct 31, 2014 Gladys Hollis
Oct 31, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 31, 2014 Dwayne Knirk I would appreciate your using the full extent of your influence and authority to address this needless destruction of the bison herds merely because they cannot read our maps. Good sense is greatly desired over narrow and pecuniary self-interests.
Oct 31, 2014 Jana Kuhrt
Oct 31, 2014 Doug Marchel Kill every wild creature out there, so that you can fill your pockets with money from the damn ranchers! Ashamed to be a American!!!
Oct 31, 2014 RICKY SLOAN
Oct 31, 2014 Joanne Lankford
Oct 31, 2014 Yvonne Paindelli
Oct 31, 2014 Wendy Martin Millions used to roam the plains, and I wonder if they impacted the cattle ranchers with disease back then?
Oct 31, 2014 Robin Harper
Oct 31, 2014 Richard Bosboom
Oct 30, 2014 Patricia Stubble
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Lisa Skylas Save of Bison
Oct 30, 2014 Barbera Libis
Oct 30, 2014 Rene Dewey
Oct 30, 2014 Debbie Taylor-Adams
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 Karen Taogaga
Oct 30, 2014 sarah k End the slaughter. Let them roam free, we as humans are disturbing natures balance.
Oct 30, 2014 Sharon Monteleone
Oct 30, 2014 NICK DUNSTAN
Oct 30, 2014 Mary Hough
Oct 30, 2014 Meredith Chapman
Oct 30, 2014 Carita O'Connor
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 Carol Long
Oct 30, 2014 Silvia Wolff
Oct 30, 2014 Joan Patten Why do we have to kill these beautiful creatures.
Oct 30, 2014 drvipul dave
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 30, 2014 lisa favre we need these genes!
Oct 30, 2014 Joan Cox These livestock farmers need to face reality - these beautiful animals were here before they were and they have a right to live. They don't need to be killed for greedy livestock owners.
Oct 30, 2014 Catherine Tamasik

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