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On Friday, March 21, 2014 9:57 PM, CayugaDeer.org <email@example.com> wrote:
We recently obtained access to a letter dated March 4th, sent by Cornell’s Office of Community Relations to a handful of local public officials. The information contained in this letter revealed that faculty and staff members of Cornell’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are in the process of turning our community into a slaughterhouse for deer. We have further learned from more than one source that, in addition to brutally killing individual after individual with arrows, Cornell’s DNR staff are capturing deer in traps and killing them with captive bolt guns.
This is all happening in areas much closer to home than we could ever have imagined.
• In and around the Robert T. Jones Golf Course
• East of Caldwell Road and South of Forest Home Drive
• North of Plantations Road and East of Judd Falls
• Between Pine Tree and Game Farm Roads
• South of Mitchell Street and East of the East Hill Recreation Trail
• South of Rt. 13 and West and East of Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca is not the only community being targeted by the DEC’s improper use of nuisance permits. Long Island residents recently obtained a Temporary Restraining Order from a NY State Supreme Court judge barring the DEC from issuing more nuisance permits until their case is heard at the end of the month. One of the petitioners complained in the media about the “sweeping, archaic policies” of the DEC, which, despite widespread public opposition, is now trying to condemn entire populations of deer as “a nuisance” in order to open the door to mass-killing campaigns in New York’s suburban neighborhoods.
The licensed nuisance control person was very hesitant in allowing me to see what he did. He warned me that this could be emotionally traumatic and said he always took great efforts to keep this far from the public’s view… I mentally tried to prepare myself for what I might see. As I soon discovered, nothing could have prepared me.Once we arrived at our destination, a private residence in a suburb of Cleveland, I saw a beautiful doe caught in the clover trap. Deer are wild animals and are not accustomed to human contact, so as we approached her it became obvious that her being trapped was causing significant distress.
She jumped up and began to cry. She sounded exactly like a human baby. I’ll never forget that sound. She was frantic. Her natural instinct was to flee. She could not, which only compounded her extreme fright and misery. She then began to throw herself against the cage violently. She banged her head against the cage again and again in attempts to escape, all the while screaming.I will never ever forget what I saw next. She flipped over backwards and fell to the ground. It looked as if her eyes had exploded in her head. She had a fatal heart attack. She was literally scared to death. The licensed expert told me this does happen sometimes even before he can finish the job with the captive bolt. I had seen enough and was glad I was spared viewing anymore horror and cruelty.The experienced, licensed expert then dragged the poor doe to his truck as if he were hauling trash to the curb. At this point I was sick to my stomach and raging at all who were responsible for this cruelty and torment. They use all kinds of excuses to substantiate torturing wildlife and the overseers and officials, such as municipal governments and Division of Wildlife Officers, use sanitized words to disguise the truth and fool the public into believing that this repulsive cruelty is humane and quick.All I know is this doe was crying out for her life, for mercy, and I could do nothing. She suffered a horrific death despite having escaped the barbaric steel spike driven through her skull.
The letter from Cornell to public officials specifically mentioned that the 40 individuals who were to be killed under the DEC’s nuisance permit would be”anterless” deer. At this time of year, many does are pregnant, with fawning season taking place between May and June. So the violence is only amplified when nearly mature fawns suffocate and die in the wombs of their slaughtered mothers. That these abhorrent acts are being performed just out of sight under a facade of academic legitimacy makes the situation all the more disturbing. For many long-term residents, this is a troubling reminder of how the prestige and power of Cornell can be used as a cover to carry out actions that are so clearly harmful to the local community. In this case, the DEC’s political agenda – which includes attempts to block NY State municipalities from taking a “no-kill” approach to addressing deer-human conflicts – is being served without the community being adequately informed, much less given the opportunity to consent.
Many of us choose to live in Ithaca because we believe in this community’s potential to be a beacon of hope, a place dedicated to creative and peaceful conflict resolution with a long, proud history of cultivating alternatives to violence. Right now, our best traditions are being disrespected and degraded by the actions of a few influential players at Cornell and the DEC who are pursuing hidden agendas at the expense of the wider community.
. Update from the Field
As the Spring Equinox approaches, wild buffalo calving season is barely a month away. This is a most critical time for buffalo and other wildlife who have struggled to survive the harsh winter, living on the meager offerings of sleeping grasses and their own stores of body fat. With these stores are nearly depleted most of the buffalo we are seeing appear thin with protruding ribs, backs, and hump bones. Being forbidden access to lower elevation winter range takes a huge toll on the bison. In the past few months more than 630 wild buffalo have been killed by humans and winter kills will also be significant. Though snows are quickly melting, green-up is still weeks away, and now is the time when only the strongest will survive. There is danger even in the new ultra-rich spring grasses that will come as the digestive systems of buffalo (and elk), used to breaking down coarse, dry winter-fare, are vulnerable to overindulgence in the green grasses they so desperately need.
This bull and his companion walked through a field of gut piles, stopping to investigate and mourn the violent passing of relatives. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
Meanwhile, treaty hunting has continued. Twenty-three more wild buffalo, including pregnant cows, were harvested over the weekend. Thankfully, no wild buffalo have been killed since Monday. We anticipate that treaty hunts will finally be over soon, though it is difficult to predict.
A bachelor bull group allows an orphaned yearling, who’s family has been killed by hunters, to take shelter in their company. It is not unusual for cow-lead family groups to adopt orphans, but this is the first time we’ve seen bulls seemingly accept such a young one. BFC photo by Stephany. Click photo for larger image.
Yellowstone National Park issued a press release on Tuesday, announcing that three buffalo were poached in the Blacktail region of the park; shot and killed. While this news is very disturbing, we find great hypocrisy in the fact that the Park Service can capture and send hundreds of buffalo to slaughter while condemning others for committing similar crimes against the buffalo. Closure signs are still in place all around Yellowstone’s Stephens Creek bison trap, and we have noticed a few more horses arriving to their corrals. While capture and slaughter operations may have ceased for the time being, we are ever-vigilant for hazing (harassment) operations to take place.
A late-born calf, still donning is red baby coat, grazes alongside its mother. Most buffalo calves turn this color by July or early-August. Survival is more challenging for baby buffalo born closer to the cold, unforgiving months. BFC file photo by Stephany. Click for larger image.
Livestock interests are attempting to turn year-round habitat for buffalo into a slaughter agreement. Montana’s Department of Fish, Wildlife & Parks and Department of Livestock met this week to discuss a draft proposal that would exchange wild buffalo lives for access to year-round habitat in the Hebgen Basin west of Yellowstone National Park. Essentially, if there are 4,000 bison or more, no additional tolerance will be given, and so-called tolerance would only be given as the population declines. The proposal is unacceptable to Buffalo Field Campaign, as we will not compromise the buffalo or make them pay a blood-sacrifice to gain ground. This proposal shows that broad public support for year-round buffalo habitat has been corrupted by ranchers to force an agreement, a public buy-in, for slaughtering buffalo and driving the population down to a few thousand. The proposal is still in draft form and we are currently reviewing the details. In the meantime, please send a letter to Montana Governor Steve Bullock telling him you reject slaughter-for-habitat, and urge him to step up and take a meaningful leadership role for America’s last wild, migratory buffalo. It is, after all, Montana’s livestock industry anti-bison policies that currently drive all of the mismanagement of the world’s most important bison populations.
Though the buffalo are up against incredible odds, there is a new BFC video below that shows they have awesome friends in many places. Enjoy this light-hearted piece and know that everyone, everywhere, who cares about wild buffalo is Buffalo Field Campaign.
WILD IS THE WAY ~ ROAM FREE!
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