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SEPTEMBER 15, 1998    3:07 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Defenders of Wildlife
Ken Goldman, 202-682-9400, ext. 221
Native Americans, Bison Experts Available for Interviews Thursday
WASHINGTON - September 15 -

Who:
Fred DuBray, past-president of Inter-Tribal Bison Cooperative (ITBC)
Mike Fox, current president ITBC
Bob Ferris, director Species Conservation, DOW

What:
Comment on Yellowstone bison management plan

When:
Thursday, Sept. 17
Noon -- 1:30 p.m.

Where:
Defenders of Wildlife
1101 14th Street, N.W., No. 1400
Washington, D.C.

Why:
To comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Interagency Bison Management Plan for Montana and Yellowstone National Park and the proposed Citizens' Alternative

On Thursday, Sept. 17 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Fred DuBray and Mike Fox from the ITBC, Bob Ferris from Defenders of Wildlife, and other bison experts will be available for press interviews to discuss the draft management plan for Yellowstone bison, the proposed Citizens' Plan, the fact and fiction of brucellosis, and the on-going efforts to protect and preserve descendants of the nation's last free-roaming bison herd. B-roll of recent bison slaughters -- exclusive to Defenders of Wildlife -- is also available, as are color prints of bison in the park and in holding pens.

Officials from the National Park Service, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and Montana will be soliciting comments from the general public this Thursday, September 17, on the draft long-term management plan for Yellowstone National Park bison at the Sumner School Museum and Archives at 1201 17th Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C.

The state and federal government draft plan outlines an intrusive and costly approach to managing Yellowstone's bison. Defenders of Wildlife and 15 other organizations have drafted their own alternative plan -- known as the Citizens' Plan to Save Yellowstone Buffalo -- that manages buffalo as wild animals, minimizes human intervention, accommodates buffalo that leave the park in winter, and makes reasonable efforts to protect private property and livestock

The Citizens' Plan, which is supported by Native American tribes, ranchers, conservationists, sportsmen, scientists, and regional businesses, seeks to ease the continued slaughter of Yellowstone bison by government officials allegedly to prevent the spread of the disease brucellosis to cattle (even though there has never been a single confirmed case of transmission of the disease from wild buffalo to cattle). Combined with harsh winters, the recent slaughters have reduced the Yellowstone bison population by more than 1,900 animals in the last four winters.
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TO SCHEDULE AN INTERVIEW EITHER IN PERSON OR BY PHONE OR TO OBTAIN B-ROLL OR PRINTS, PLEASE CALL KEN GOLDMAN AT DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE AT 202-682-9400, ext. 221.

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