From Buffalo Field Campaign:

Special Alert! Take Action!

Kill the Bills: HB 318 and HB 302, Not the Buffalo

Buffalo Field Campaign is appealing to all of our supporters to send messages against HB 318 and HB 302 to kill the bills – not the buffalo – in the Montana Legislature.   You can watch the action on both bills in the House Agriculture committee at 3 PM (MST) Tuesday, February 16.  

HB 318 changes the legal definition of wild buffalo or bison – redefining the wild, migratory Yellowstone bison herds as domestic or feral.  Under HB 318, wild buffalo would no longer be recognized as wild, and the wildlife species would – by definition – be extinct in Montana.  HB 318 would also stop the reintroduction of wild buffalo because the legal definition precludes the species from ever being recognized as wild.

HB 302 interferes with Montanan’s constitutional right to participate in decisions to reintroduce wild buffalo by giving a board of county commissioners veto authority over the state’s decision.   Reintroducing wildlife is the responsibility of wildlife biologists entrusted with ensuring wild American bison, our National Mammal, are protected for future generations.

Please send a message against HB 318 and HB 302 to all members of the the House Agriculture committee online. On Montana’s web form, under Send Message to*, select Committees, then (H) Agriculture.  Montana’s web form permits messages from anyone in the United States.

You can find BFC’s talking points on HB 318 and HB 302 on our Buffalo Bill Tracker page. Watch & listen live to the hearing online at 3PM (MST) Tuesday, February 16.