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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

Nov 25, 2014 carmen Rico
Nov 25, 2014 Valerie Lemmon
Nov 25, 2014 Angela mills
Nov 25, 2014 Grzegorz Konieczka
Nov 24, 2014 Arlantion Coleman
Nov 24, 2014 Jesse Hernandez
Nov 24, 2014 Sevda Karagedik
Nov 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2014 Belinda Lopez
Nov 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) This iconic animal needs to be protected to return to the range they once enjoyed in this country.
Nov 23, 2014 Heidi Richling
Nov 23, 2014 Renee Burkhead
Nov 23, 2014 Maggie Booth
Nov 23, 2014 christa pellikaan
Nov 23, 2014 marley mcdermott Please Help
Nov 23, 2014 Bruna Santin
Nov 23, 2014 Danielle Holmes
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Nov 23, 2014 Şennur Karaağaç Stop the Needless Slaughter of Yellowstone..
Nov 22, 2014 Susan Krauss
Nov 22, 2014 Petra Laug
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Nov 22, 2014 Maribel Ortega
Nov 22, 2014 edward colerich
Nov 22, 2014 carol micek
Nov 22, 2014 Kathlen Steinrücken
Nov 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Have respect for LIFE
Nov 22, 2014 Michael Haskell
Nov 21, 2014 Mary Witbooi
Nov 21, 2014 carol abramsky
Nov 21, 2014 Jeanine Mielke
Nov 21, 2014 Yvonne Allen
Nov 21, 2014 Anthony Maddaluno
Nov 21, 2014 Theresa Zöller
Nov 21, 2014 Agnès LEGRAND
Nov 21, 2014 Angel Neubauer
Nov 21, 2014 Renee Buckland
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Nov 21, 2014 Marisela Vega
Nov 21, 2014 Beth Laurer
Nov 21, 2014 barb horban
Nov 21, 2014 Mary Mulenburg
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Nov 21, 2014 emilie schaumburg
Nov 21, 2014 jigyasa bhatnagar
Nov 21, 2014 Melanie-Claire Mallison
Nov 21, 2014 Diane Williford
Nov 21, 2014 Anirban Ash
Nov 21, 2014 whitney ingram
Nov 20, 2014 Susan Geschwender Why is killing innocent animals the first thoughtless solution to any perceived problem?

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