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Published:November 20th, 2010 10:36 EST
Yellowstone 60: Slaughter or Survival?

Yellowstone 60: Slaughter or Survival?

By SOP newswire2

A herd of genetically pure, disease-free bison could be the key to widespread recovery of these iconic animals. But these bison -- known as the Yellowstone 60 -- could be killed, if we don`t find a home for them soon.

Please donate today to help free the Yellowstone 60 -- bison that could hold the key to the recovery of these iconic animals on the American plains.

As a part of government-sponsored research from 2005 to 2008, a few dozen bison calves were spared from an annual ritual of hazing and slaughter -- a ritual spurred by an exaggerated fear of disease -- that Yellowstone bison face each winter as they descend from the safety of the park.

These true American bison have been proven disease-free -- but their fate remains in doubt: These bison could be killed unless an adequate home is found.

Your contribution will help save the Yellowstone 60 from slaughter, support our efforts to restore bison in the West and protect other imperiled wildlife. Please donate today.

For centuries, bison by the tens of millions thundered across America`s grasslands, weaving their way into the rich ecology and diverse cultures of the Great Plains.

Now, after the tragic slaughter of the 1800s that nearly wiped out America`s bison, we have a unique opportunity to help these iconic animals -- some of the last true, wild bison in the U.S. -- once again roam the prairie beyond Yellowstone National Park.

We`re partnering with the Native American tribes of Fort Belknap and Fort Peck Reservations in Montana to create a new home for the Yellowstone 60 on their reservations. Already, with the help of our sister organization Defenders of Wildlife, the two reservations have secured 27,000 acres of prime bison habitat.

But much more work needs to be done. Along with our partners, we need to secure vital grazing allotments on nearby federal and tribal lands, ensure proper facilities and infrastructure are built and convince Montana officials to approve the transfer of the Yellowstone 60 to the safety of Fort Peck and Fort Belknap Reservations -- all before these iconic animals are killed.

We can`t do any of this wildlife-saving work without your help. Please help us save the Yellowstone 60 and protect other wildlife you cherish.

Thanks to hundreds of caring supporters like you, we`ve already mobilized more than 100,000 people through partners like Care2, and The Animal Rescue Site to urge federal officials to stop the annual hazing and slaughter that bison face as they venture outside the safety of Yellowstone National Park.

Now, we can help protect the Yellowstone 60 by ensuring their lasting future on the American plains where they can also once again enrich the historic culture of two Native American reservations. Please donate today.

Rodger Schlickeisen

Rodger Schlickeisen
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund