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.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Don Graham