Target: Governor of Montana Steve Bullock
Goal: Urge Montana to continue its work in preserving and restoring bison.
Wild bison could return to their natural habitats to thrive on land already set aside for them if it wasn’t for the interference of anti-bison cattle ranchers. Recently, the governor of Montana vetoed an anti-bison bill that would have allowed cattlemen to stop bison from returning to their natural habitat. Of the over 30 million bison that once roamed America’s grasslands, now less than five thousand remain.
The majority of these native bison habitats remain confined within Yellowstone National Park, and the few that are not have been threatened by local cattlemen. The only way for these elegant creatures to revive in numbers is to establish new wild bison herds in suitable, native habitats on the Great Plains.
Large-scale restoration has been prepared for across the plains by retiring large swaths of native land for these bison to thrive, but the anti-bison crowd is trying to have these wild animals penned and managed as livestock. This is not in the best interest of these majestic animals, but in the selfish interest of cattle ranchers and livestock merchants who don’t want bison to be respected as wild animals where they will be protected and kept from cattlemen control. After the effort that the state governor has already put in to protect the bison, tell Governor Steve Bullock to now reach further and actively propose the revival of wild bison.
Dear Governor Bullock,
I am upset by the fact that of the 30 million wild bison that once roamed the American plains, less than five thousand remain on their native habitats that are mostly within Yellowstone Park. Because of your recent veto of the bill allowing cattleman to keep bison off their native lands, I hope you are, too. These bison’s herd numbers are rapidly shrinking, and the only way this species will revive anywhere near its original population, or even enough to thrive, is to place new wild bison herds onto large swaths of land on the Great Plains.
Areas of the plains have already been retired for the sake of these new herds, but the agreement of the state is still necessary before we can really begin taking action. Efforts from anti-bison campaigns are still speaking strong to keep these wild animals from regaining their place in the free-roaming plains and instead keep them penned in farming land and managed as cattle livestock. Please stand up for these majestic natives of the United States and allow them to roam wildly and freely on their own land.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Jack Dykinga