SEND YOUR PHOTOS OF YELLOWSTONE’S WILD BUFFALO TO MONTANA’S GOVERNOR WITH AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE: PLEASE VETO HB 318 AND HB 302
PLEASE POST THIS URGENT NOTICE ON YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKSOur vote counter anticipates HB 318 and HB 302 will reach Governor Greg Gianforte’s desk by Friday, April 9, and for certain the week of April 12–16.
In previous legislative sessions, people from around the country who
love wild buffalo rallied public pressure and persuaded Montana’s
Governor to veto the worst buffalo bills from becoming law. We need
your help again.
Buffalo Field Campaign is encouraging everyone everywhere to send your photos of Yellowstone’s wild buffalo to Governor Greg Gianforte with an important message: Please recognize there are wild buffalo in Montana and efforts are needed to recover the wild migratory species by vetoing HB 318 and HB 302.
Please act now. Your hand written letters, postcards, phone calls,
emails, and personal contacts with the Governor can change outcomes.HB 318 changes the legal definition of “wild” buffalo in a way that
appears to not recognize any “wild” buffalo in Montana. VETO HB 318!
HB 302 hands veto power to county officials over any state decision to reintroduce buffalo in Montana. VETO HB 302!
A century ago, buffalo owned by Pablo–Allard and Goodnight were reintroduced into Yellowstone’s northern range and reduced to captivity on the Lamar Buffalo Ranch. Yet HB 318, a bill to change the legal definition of “wild” buffalo, would not recognize a buffalo that “has never been owned by a person.”
In 2019, former Governor Steve Bullock vetoed a bill with a similar legal definition used in HB 318 because it “presents unintended consequences” for Yellowstone’s wild herds, not just individual buffalo, which “could be inappropriately deemed domestic.”
HB 302 arbitrarily gives a board of county commissioners veto power over the state’s decision to reintroduce American bison. We agree with the principle of local control for local decisions, but reintroducing American bison, a keystone wildlife species, is a state decision – one in which local communities fully participate.
Montana lawmakers already impose costly, unfunded mandates impeding restoration of wild buffalo. HB 302 further erodes and undermines Montana’s trust responsibility for recovering imperiled American bison.
Check our Buffalo Bill Tracker page for timely updates on the status of HB 318 and HB 302. Thank you for taking action for American bison our beloved National Mammal.