Thursday, December 1, 2016

Help Wild Bison - Repeal MCA 81-2-120

In 2016, the U.S. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law an Act designating the American bison as the National Mammal of the United States. But such recognition did not come with any legal protection. Millions of once wild buffalo roaming free across America’s grasslands are today, mainly private livestock. The few public buffalo remaining as wildlife live in isolation in small herds on fenced ranges with no room to roam. Many carry genes from the cattle they were bred to by ranchers a century ago. In the United States of America only one wild buffalo population still roams the land of their birthright and remains intact: the Yellowstone buffalo. But without legal protection and habitat to roam free, the unique and distinct buffalo of Yellowstone are at risk of extinction. 
help wild bisonTAKE ACTION! The state of Montana must do more for America’s National Mammal. Please contact Montana Governor Steve Bullock and urge him to repeal MCA 81-2-120, a law that wrongfully puts the Montana Department of Livestock in charge of wild buffalo. A common sense solution is to manage wild buffalo like wild elk in Montana. The U.S. Congress holds the purse strings and the ink pen. It can enact legal protections for America’s National Mammal, and the habitat the wild species needs to recover. It can also direct Yellowstone National Park to protect, and not destroy wild buffalo as it continues to do within the park using American taxpayer money. Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to act to protect America’s last wild buffalo.
These are America’s last wild buffalo, beloved the world over, and every voice counts!