A Grizzly and Bison enjoy a lush green dandelion meadow. Photo: Tom Murphy

Park County Environmental Council, Buffalo Field Campaign and Sierra Club partner in hosting Dr. David Mattson’s presentation, The Shared Journey of Wild Bison & Grizzly Bears. Join PCEC and BFC for this Event to Learn More About the Rich History of Two of Yellowstone’s Most Iconic Species

Place: Elk River Books & Wheatgrass Saloon, 120 N Main St., Livingston, MT

Date &Time: Friday, December 15, at 7:00pm (Follow Up Roundtable Discussion on Saturday, December 16, at 10:am at the PCEC office)

Bison and grizzly bears have coexisted for hundreds of thousands of years in a circumpolar arc of habitat spanning over 10,000 miles. As a source of important food, bison for millennia dictated the fate of grizzlies in the Great Plains and adjoining mountain valleys of North America. But this once robust and widespread relationship of bears and bison has been reduced to a small remnant—less than 1% of what we once had—centered on Yellowstone National Park. Read David’s article that is the basis for the talk at Grizzly Times.

Dr. David Mattson will describe this history and future prospects for Yellowstone’s bison and grizzly bears in his talk. David will be joined by his wife, Louisa Wilcox, BFC Advisory Board Member, Justine Sanchez, and BFC Executive Director, Ken Cole in the discussion of this season’s plan for capture, slaughter, & quarantine of wild buffalo and how we can work together to form a collective strategy to protect our Last Wild Bison and National Mammal.

There will be a follow up roundtable discussion on Saturday morning, December 16 at 10:00am in the PCEC office (215 E Lewis St., 3rd Floor, Room 306) for all who are interested and those who cannot make the Friday evening presentation.

We will have coffee, treats and rich dialogue about the fate and perils that face our last wild migratory bison.  This open discussion is an opportunity for the Livingston community to ask questions of Dr. David Mattson regarding his Friday night presentation and/or the status of wild bison and grizzly bears. In addition, members of Buffalo Field Campaign will be there to give an over view of the current capture for slaughter and quarantine plan that the Interagency Bison Management Plan, or IBMP, has on tap for our beloved buffalo this field season. The IBMP includes; NPS, USFS, FWP, APHIS, & MT DOL.

We hope you can join us for this unique opportunity to share in focused and insightful conversation about one of the most important conservation issues of our time: America’s Last Wild Bison and National Mammal!