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Each year, as wild bison wander beyond the borders of Yellowstone National Park in search of food, Montana livestock officials demand that these iconic animals be rounded up and shipped to slaughter houses to keep them out of Montana and to keep their numbers low.

The Montana Department of Livestock (DOL), responding to unfounded fears of some livestock producers, has taken the position that letting bison wander outside the park exposes cattle to a bacterial disease called brucellosis. But there has not been a single documented case of bison transmitting the disease to cattle in Montana.

Many conservation groups support the solution of an expanded "tolerance zone" around Yellowstone National Park, an area dominated by public land where bison would be allowed to roam. Yet the Montana Board of Livestock, which oversees the DOL, is blocking this common-sense solution. Governor Bullock must use his authority to urge this Board to get on board with this common-sense solution. Until then, any bison wandering outside the boundaries of Yellowstone could be shipped to slaughter.

Yellowstone is home to one of the last genetically pure wild herds of bison left in North America. This yearly slaughter not only prevents the herd from expanding...it also sets back bison restoration at other sites that could use Yellowstone bison to repopulate native herds.

Tell Governor Steve Bullock to stop the slaughter and let bison roam outside of Yellowstone National Park!

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Dear Governor Bullock,

I am saddened to learn that your Department of Livestock continues to force the hazing and slaughter of Yellowstone's wild bison as they roam out of Yellowstone Park and into Montana. This is an unnecessary tragedy directly resulting from the Montana Board of Livestock's rejection of a widely-supported proposal to expand the wild bison "tolerance zone" north and west of the Park and a failure to voice a new vision for the future of Yellowstone bison.

I want to thank you for your vetoes of anti-bison legislation in 2013. I hope you will continue to champion bison conservation and restoration by shutting down future ship-to-slaughter programs as your predecessor, Governor Brian Schweitzer, did in 2011 and 2012. I ask you to also use your influence to ensure that the Montana Board of Livestock supports common sense solutions such as expanding the bison "tolerance zone" north and west of Yellowstone National Park.

It's time for a new vision that is not rooted in prejudice and fear. Nobody wants to see wanton, unnecessary slaughter of Yellowstone's wild bison. This is why Yellowstone National Park, the Intertribal Buffalo Council, individual Tribes, many conservation groups and almost all of the 120,000 people that commented on the bison "tolerance zone" expansion proposal want to see expansion implemented, maintained and improved. The best science supports expansion, and the moral choice is to prevent this needless slaughter and let real solutions emerge that address Yellowstone bison population management. The future for this herd and the future for bison restoration to additional locations depend on it.

You have the authority to guide the choices made by your agencies. Make bison a real part of Montana's wildlife heritage. Please use the weight of your office to get the Board of Livestock to be part of the solution and support year-round tolerance zones for Yellowstone's bison.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Jul 25, 2014 julia Honda
Jul 25, 2014 George Spiteri
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Rodriguez
Jul 25, 2014 catherine jobling
Jul 25, 2014 Diane Peterson
Jul 25, 2014 Deborah Stiner
Jul 25, 2014 Danielle Gensler
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Tracy Haywood
Jul 25, 2014 Roberta Kennedy
Jul 25, 2014 Rose Waite
Jul 25, 2014 sara pavao
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Karen West
Jul 25, 2014 William & Marianne Sherman
Jul 25, 2014 Cindy Sheridan
Jul 25, 2014 Marlene Rosenberg
Jul 25, 2014 Dana Chiosi They've been brought back from the brink of extinction and you what to start killing them off again. What fools
Jul 25, 2014 steven keena
Jul 25, 2014 Kitten Lloyd
Jul 25, 2014 kris gata
Jul 25, 2014 Hanna Czyzewska
Jul 25, 2014 Sharon Konley
Jul 25, 2014 Kim Simone
Jul 25, 2014 Diane Rice Why do people have to kill animals.You can stop this just give a area of there own where they can grow old.
Jul 25, 2014 Linda Ramirez
Jul 25, 2014 Louise O'Hara
Jul 25, 2014 JoAnn Schmidt
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed) Oh my gosh - here we go AGAIN - KILL to alleviate the problem. This is NOT the answer! Find a way to save these majestic animals - PLEASE. Yellowstone is THEIR HOME - be their advocate.
Jul 25, 2014 Len Evitts
Jul 25, 2014 Lori Rutt
Jul 25, 2014 Theresa Grahovac
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 paula ximena ramirez melendez
Jul 25, 2014 Gina Verdini
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Jessica Rose Heritier
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
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Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Sheri Schongold We have already taken over the home of the bison and now we want to kill them off? This is not fair and is greedy because someone will benefit and get rich off the killings.
Jul 25, 2014 Vicki Meadows
Jul 25, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2014 Iris López
Jul 25, 2014 Roberta Butticci
Jul 25, 2014 katie smither
Jul 25, 2014 JANET MAYHEW
Jul 25, 2014 Elizabeth Smith
Jul 25, 2014 Missy Kendrick

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