America’s National Mammal needs your help!
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.
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!
- Why Yellowstone Bison Are Threatened with Extinction (Buffalo Field Campaign and Western Watersheds Project).
- A Solution for Montana: Manage Wild Bison Like Wild Elk in Montana (PDF) (Buffalo Field Campaign)
- An Open Letter to Tribal Leaders and the American People (Rosalie Little Thunder, Pte Oyate, Darrell Geist, Buffalo Field Campaign)
- Calling the Bison our National Mammal is the Worst Kind of Green-Wash (Christopher Ketcham, Outside Magazine)
Thank you for helping America’s National Mammal.
Buffalo Field Campaign was founded in 1997 to protect the natural habitat of wild migratory buffalo and native wildlife, to stop the slaughter and harassment of America’s last wild buffalo as well as to advocate for their lasting protection, and to work with people of all Nations to honor the sacredness of wild buffalo.
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