Save Yellowstone Bison from Being Slaughtered

Target: Dan Wenk, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent

Goal: Relocate Yellowstone bison to Fort Peck Indian Reservation instead of slaughtering them.

Forty Yellowstone bison are currently sitting in the Stephens Creek Bison Capture Facility, waiting to see if they’ll be given a new home or if they’ll be slaughtered. These bison were rounded up to appease the Montana cattle industry, who worry that the bison will infect their cattle with brucellosis. However, there have been no documented cases of bison transferring brucellosis to cattle. The 40 bison at Stephens Creek Bison Capture Facility have all tested negative for brucellosis so far, but the cattle industry still does not want them near their herds.

The National Park service has developed a plan that will appease the cattle industry and save the Yellowstone bison from slaughter. Under the plan, the bison will be sent to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana. There, they’ll be quarantined for further brucellosis testing, which can take two and a half years. Once they’re declared healthy, they’ll be able to start new conservation herds in the area. But even though this plan would be very effective, park officials have been slow to approve it. As they drag their feet, the lives of 40 bison are on the line.

Sending the bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation to create new conservation herds is a much better choice than needlessly slaughtering them. Sign this petition to urge the Yellowstone National Park officials to put their proposal into action as soon as possible.


Dear Mr. Wenk,

I’m writing to urge you to put through the proposal that will send the 40 Yellowstone bison in the Stephens Creek Bison Capture Facility to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. The bison at this facility have all tested negative for brucellosis, but they cannot be released into the wild because the cattle industry does not want them near their herds. The only other option is slaughtering the bison, which is why it’s so important to relocate them as soon as possible.

Your plan to send the bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation is a much better choice than slaughtering these innocent animals. Under the plan, the bison will be quarantined and tested for brucellosis for approximately two and a half years. Then, they’ll be able to begin new conservation herds and continue growing their population. Your plan is the right choice for both Montana’s cattle industry and the Yellowstone bison.

Please do not needlessly slaughter the 40 bison currently living in limbo at the Stephens Creek Bison Capture Facility. Instead, please send these bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, where they’ll be able to start a new life.


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  1. save the great american bison to roam free now.

  2. Gene Sengstake says:

    Dan Wenk’s name has been seen a lot in conjunction with the Yellowstone bison. I have the feeling he doesn’t “really” give a tinker’s dam about what happens to them – as it has been happening through most/much of his time as Yellowstone National Park superintendent. I think we need somebody in that position with the guts and willingness to do what is right. These buffalo can be protected from all the hazing and slaughter – but Dan Wend is obviously not the person to do the job – – –

  3. These animals are a necessity for Bio diversity. To flourish the planet earth, these animals existence is a must.

  4. These bastards need to be slaughtered not the animals .Whats wrong with this world . Some cruel people should be slaughtered .People are the problem not animals.

  5. How do get dumb-asses into power? Killing is the action of stupidity = no creative thinkers! Bison suffered enough! They are a symbol of our heritage! Now morons come in destroy! The should have been aborted!

  6. Bison have every RIGHT to live — taking this right away is immoral, cruel, merciless and unconscionable — our natural environment NEEDS bison —- our planet NEEDS bison. — Do we NOT HAVE enough food in our bellies ? — MUST we eat everything under the sun ? — eliminating the wasteful slaughtering of healthy animals, supporting the efforts to grow herds of bison is the way to go.

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