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White Buffalo, Inc. Begins Killing Point Reyes Deer

News from Friends of the White Deer | August 8, 2007

As of August 2007, the Point Reyes National Seashore Park Service has brought in White Buffalo, Inc. gunmen to shoot fallow and axis does. Thousands of fawns will now begin to die of starvation.

White Buffalo, Inc. Begins Killing Point Reyes Deer The helicopters have been spotted and does are appearing throughout the Point Reyes National Seashore with ear tags and radio collars. The killings are being kept secret from the public, but West Marin locals know that if the slaughter of the fallow and axis deer has not yet begun, we are only days away now from the first killings.

On July 17th, U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey faxed a letter to Park Superintendant Don Neubacher, requesting that the slaughter of the deer be postponed in order to give her office the necessary time to fully investigate the ecological impact of the deer and to be able to develop a plan in concert with the Park for humane management. On the very next day, Superintendant Neubacher publicly announced his intention to exterminate the deer, in direct opposition to U.S. Representative Woolsey's request.

The park has contracted with extremist animal exterminators White Buffalo, Inc. of Connecticut to kill a reported 1,000 fallow and axis does over the next three summers. The gunmen have arrived in West Marin with an arsenal of 13 different kinds of weapons and are already ear tagging and collaring deer in order to track and annihilate them.

Outraged locals are attempting to call attention to the fact that the quote of 1,000 does completely bypasses all of the deaths of the thousands of fawns who will die of starvation once their mothers have been massacred. Orphaned fawns who are still dependent upon their mothers for food or who have not yet learned to find food for themselves will be left to a slow and inhumane death by starvation.

The Friends of the White Deer, The Marin Humane Society, In Defense of Animals, and WildCare are appalled by the cold and calculated cruelty of the Park's plan to kill the mother animals, creating a bloodbath in the Park and orphaning thousands of defenseless fawns.

In 2005, S.H.A.R.K., an organization dedicated to uncovering animal abuse, filmed White Buffalo, Inc.'s so-called 'humane' killings of a group of deer. The following is a description of the film taken from the website of the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting:

"...White Buffalo shooting deer and then placing plastic bags over their heads to suffocate them when the bullets didnít do the job. The rocket nets and captive bolt came next. The steel spike kept missing their targets and connected in their eyes, ears, etc. as they thrashed about. When the volume was turned up you could hear their screaming."

White Buffalo, Inc. Begins Killing Point Reyes Deer From Deer Alliance.org, we receive the following description of White Buffalo's procedures:

"White Buffalo will bait deer, trap them in a net, and then kill them with a captive bolt (the same instrument used in slaughterhouses). A video taken in Illinois shows netted deer wildly struggling to escape. Then a person sits on a deer, another holds her head, and a third fires a 4-inch captive bolt into her brain. While each deer is being wrestled and killed, the others frantically continue to struggle as they watch and hear their companions dying, only to await the same fate."

For further details on the documented procedures and animal abuse committed by White Buffalo, Inc., please visit:

When you take the time to begin reading articles like the above, written in the states across the U.S. where White Buffalo, Inc. has been brought in to exterminate deer, the patterns of media spins and motivations begin to emerge. What is happening in Point Reyes is almost identical to what has happened in Ohio, in Connecticut, in New Jersey.

It is the policy of both the Point Reyes National Seashore and White Buffalo, Inc. to keep times and locations of killings a secret from the public in order to prevent peaceful protest or demonstrations of outrage. According to the Marin Humane Society, if any individual did to an animal, off government land, what these gunmen will do to the fallow and axis does, the individual would be arrested and charged with crimes of animal abuse.

Superintendant Don Neubacher has summarily dismissed the concerns and requests of local people, world-famous biologist Jane Goodall, and U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey. He has sent a very clear message that the Point Reyes National Seashore does not belong to the animals that inhabit it, or to the people who visit it. While he remains in charge, the entire Point Reyes National Seashore belongs to Superintendant Neubacher.

The inhumane slaughter has begun, but we will not stop fighting Superintendant Neubacher's despotic decision-making. Though the Friends of the White Deer have failed to attain a preemptive moratorium on the killings, we will continue to plan and promote awareness of what is happening at our local seashore. We will not lose hope that future shootings may be stopped.

The Friends of the White Deer urge any individual who is opposed to the inhumane slaughter of wild animals to take action. The Friends of the White Deer urge any individual who is opposed to public lands being governed without concern for public consensus of opinion to take action. Please contact any of the following sources to make your opinion known:

Superintendent Don Neubacher
Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes, CA 94956
ATTN: Non-native deer management plan
Or email: don_neubacher@nps.gov

Jon Jarvis
Pacific West Regional Director, NPS
(510) 817-1304 phone
Or email: jon_jarvis@nps.gov

Senator Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
1700 Montgomery Street, Suite 240
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 403-0100 phone
(415) 956-6701 fax

Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 393-0707 phone
(415) 393-0710 fax

U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey
Marin County Office:
1050 Northgate Drive, Suite 354
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 507-9554 phone
(415) 507-9601 fax

California Assemblymember Joe Nation
Marin County Office:
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 412
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: (415) 479-4920
Fax: (415) 479-2123

Write a letter to the editor of the following newspapers:

Letter to the Editor
San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Fax: (415) 543-7708
Email: letters@sfchronicle.com

Letter to the Editor
Point Reyes Light
Box 210
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Fax: (415) 663-8458
Email: editor@ptreyeslight.com

Letter to the Editor
Marin Independent Journal
PO Box 6150
Novato, CA 94948-6150
Fax: (415) 883-5458
Email: letters@marinij.com

Letter to the Editor
Coastal Post
PO Box 31
Bolinas, CA 94924
Email: editor@coastalpost.com

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