Update from the Field: First Buffalo to Enter Montana Met with Gunfire

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: Buffalo Field Campaign

Is it any wonder that buffalo have been staying out of Montana when this is the kind of welcome they receive?

A buffalo approaches Yellowstone’s boundary, entering Beattie Gulch, where hunters await. Photo by Stephany Seay, Buffalo Field Campaign.

As we’ve been reporting, hardly any buffalo have migrated from Yellowstone into Montana this winter. The few who had come close didn’t stay long before heading deeper into the park. Regardless, hunters have been coming to the Gardiner and Hebgen Basins just hoping to find buffalo to kill, finding an empty landscape. Yesterday, however, a handful of hunters got their wish in Gardiner. No sooner than the first group of buffalo had migrated into Montana, fourteen were shot just across Yellowstone’s north boundary, at the infamous Beattie Gulch. Two of the buffalo who were shot fled back into the Park and were later found dead on the…

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