Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Protecting America's Herd

Dan Brister, a long-time member and project director of the Buffalo Field Campaign, is handcuffed by law enforcement officials at Yellowstone.

The dedicated folks at the Buffalo Field Campaign (BFC) recently sent out a press release detailing the arrest of two of its volunteers at Yellowstone while they were videotaping harassment of the buffalo there. At first I was shocked, but not really surprised, when I read of the rough treatment of the volunteers. Everybody is frustrated by what is going on out there with the buffalo. I don't know all the details of the arrests, but I don't like reading about people being knocked to the ground and bloodied, nor do I like reading about cop cars getting windows kicked and shattered. One thing is certain, though, the treatment of the Yellowstone bison is inhumane and unnecessary and the BFC is doing all it can to stop it. One of the arrested volunteers was Dan Brister, who was kind enough to e-mail me a while back and offer to show me around Yellowstone. I can't wait to get out there; it will be an honor to meet Dan and others of the BFC. Take some time to peruse the BFC website; it is truly an eye-opener, a testament to the plight of wildlife and a chronicle of the efforts of those who care about a magnificent animal.

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