Stop the Legal Slaughter of Wild Buffalo at Yellowstone


Target: Jonathon B. Jarvis, Director of National Park Service

Goal: Stop the legal buffalo cull in Yellowstone National Park.

One thousand buffalo will be killed in a legal cull set to take place this winter. The National Park Service has approved its annual buffalo cull in an attempt to thin the herd and protect local livestock. Urge the National Park Service to reconsider this cull and demand that the excess buffalo be moved to an open area where they can thrive.

The annual buffalo cull has already begun in Yellowstone National Park. This year so far, a total of 61 buffalo have been killed. The Yellowstone Buffalo Management Plan gives hunters the right to shoot the buffalo outside of park boundaries. The reason for the cull has been documented as “disease risk management.” Brucellosis is a disease passed between grazing animals. Historically, the elk have been the source of infection. There has yet to be a documented case of Brucellosis in a wild buffalo. Despite this evidence, the Department of Livestock Inspectors has set strict boundaries for wild buffalo. If a buffalo steps off of park property, than it is considered a danger to livestock and must be put down.

In the last decade, over 3,200 Yellowstone buffalo have been killed in defense of livestock. There must be a better way. Sign below to urge the National Park Service to reexamine the Buffalo Management Plan. Demand that they consider moving the excess buffalo out of the park and into an open area where they can thrive.


Dear Mr. Jarvis,

One thousand wild buffalo will die in the annual buffalo cull in Yellowstone National Park. Thanks to the Buffalo Management Plan, this slaughter is legal. We urge you to reexamine this plan and stop the slaughter of one of our countries greatest species.

The buffalo are being slaughtered under the guise of “disease risk management.” The disease of concern, Brucellosis, is a disease transmitted between grazing animals. Historically, the disease was transmitted to livestock by wild elk. There has never been a documented case of Brucellosis in wild buffalo. Despite this, the buffalo are considered dangerous to livestock and shot as soon as they cross the designated boundaries.

Hunters have already taken the lives of 61 wild buffalo this year. There are better options. We demand that you reexamine the Buffalo Management Act and consider alternative placement for the excess buffalo in the park.


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