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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 30, 2014 eileen bosch
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Lacey D
Jul 30, 2014 Holly Dixon
Jul 30, 2014 Tena Meyers
Jul 30, 2014 Zoe Zarbalis
Jul 30, 2014 bente petersen
Jul 30, 2014 susan federighi
Jul 30, 2014 Sandra Rhoads
Jul 30, 2014 Nadja Lazareva
Jul 30, 2014 isabelle chauwin
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Jul 30, 2014 Christina Emmerik
Jul 30, 2014 Teresa Black
Jul 30, 2014 Catharine McEachern
Jul 30, 2014 Florencia Areco
Jul 30, 2014 Devan Murphy This could send the Bison population into extinction. Most species that come close to being extinct never recover, and if they do, it still takes a long time.
Jul 30, 2014 Cheryl Harrison
Jul 30, 2014 Margaret Hodgkins
Jul 30, 2014 Robert Chess
Jul 30, 2014 NANKE DELFINO
Jul 30, 2014 Darshanie Ramjit
Jul 30, 2014 Maribel Domenech
Jul 30, 2014 Maria Popova
Jul 30, 2014 wieslaw falkowski
Jul 30, 2014 Karen Hendrickson WHY?!! Leave these beautiful animals alone. What harm are they causing your state?? Bison don't know about "state lines"...so they should be slaughtered??? NO!!!
Jul 30, 2014 Tímea Jankó
Jul 30, 2014 Odette Alexandrian
Jul 30, 2014 Camie Rodgers
Jul 30, 2014 (Name not displayed) You upset the balance of nature, leave the bison and also the wolves alone !!
Jul 30, 2014 Melissa Mazza
Jul 30, 2014 Anna Paris
Jul 30, 2014 angie chapman
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Hulevitch
Jul 30, 2014 Susan Durnford
Jul 30, 2014 Katherine Jarry
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Jul 30, 2014 annalisa bertolazzi
Jul 30, 2014 Martina Meunier
Jul 30, 2014 Valerie Gould
Jul 29, 2014 Artem Vyzhenko
Jul 29, 2014 Gabriela Andrada
Jul 29, 2014 Laurence Mong
Jul 29, 2014 Laurie Couch
Jul 29, 2014 Toreka Pulou
Jul 29, 2014 Susan Schueller
Jul 29, 2014 Ann-Marie Villias Bison are part of our national treasure, too
Jul 29, 2014 Theresa Kijek

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