Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BFC Letter to Representative

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Buffalo Field Campaign

Tell Congress to Fully Fund ESA Science - Urge Your Senators and Representative to Allocate Funding to Review the Science of Listing Wild Bison Under the Endangered Species Act

Two young bullsOn November 13, Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project filed a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) to list the Yellowstone bison population -- the last wild, migratory buffalo herds in the U.S. -- as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  Nearly all plains bison in the United States are private livestock and/or descendants of bison that were commercially interbred with cattle. These hybridized cattle-bison no longer retain their identity as plains bison, or status as a wildlife species in privately owned herds. All privately owned bison are managed as livestock. Nearly all publicly held bison exist in small, isolated populations on restricted and fenced ranges with no predators and subject entirely to human selection.