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Mrs. Dan Brister

Wrong Dan Brister?

Executive Director

Buffalo Field Campaign
P.O. Box 957
West Yellowstone, Montana 59758
United States

Company Description: BFC is the only group working in the field every day in defense of the last wild buffalo population in the U.S.

Employment History


  • Masters of Science degree
    The University of Montana
198 Total References
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"Yellowstone National Park and ..., 26 Oct 2014 [cached]
"Yellowstone National Park and other federal agencies are required to follow the best available science and not the latest political whims of Montana," said Daniel Brister, executive director of Buffalo Field Campaign.
Natural Newswire: Bison Management Runs Amok, 18 June 2012 [cached]
Contact Stephany Seay or Dan Brister: (406) 646-0070
BFC's Project Director, Dan Brister, who witnessed the event, said, "It was horrible, the twelve bison were swimming around a small opening in the ice, pawing at the edges and stepping on one another as they frantically tried to pull themselves from the water.
Conservationists File Suit Against Federal Agencies to End Bison Slaughter - Press Release - Yellowstone Buffalo Foundation, 1 Jan 2012 [cached]
DANIEL BRISTER is an individual who resides in Arlee, Montana in Lake County. Brister is a staff member of the BFC, and has been involved with bison advocacy since December, 1997. Mr. Brister travels to West Yellowstone regularly to conduct work for BFC, and to view wild bison in their native habitat. Mr. Brister first visited YNP in 1992, and was particularly moved by seeing wild bison in the area. He derives aesthetic, spiritual, cultural, and recreational enjoyment and benefits from viewing wild bison undisturbed in their native habitat, and his interests and enjoyment of the wild bison are injured by the agencies' management actions that harm the bison, and threaten the future integrity of bison populations in the GYE. ###
It was that winter in 1997 ..., 24 July 2014 [cached]
It was that winter in 1997 when Daniel Brister, who'd recently moved to Montana to pursue a graduate degree, was watching the count of dead buffalo go up on a bulletin board on the University of Montana campus in Missoula. That next winter, having heard about the Buffalo Field Campaign, he went out to spend a week volunteering with the campaign. He spent nights working the midnight to sunrise shift, his time divided between hunkering down over a fire and skiing out to check on bison where they'd bedded down, helped move a herd of buffalo away from a ranch where they would surely have been killed the next morning, got arrested for it, and got hooked on direct actions that could make a real and immediate difference.
Courtesy of The Buffalo Field Campaign
"I could defend the buffalo on their habitat in a direct way, and that really spoke to me," Brister says. "That just felt much more like a real connection than I had ever been able to find."
He came for a week, and stayed for the whole winter. Fifteen years later, he's the Buffalo Field Campaign's executive director and the author of In the Presence of Buffalo: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Slaughter. It's important to clarify, he says, that the Field Campaign doesn't organize these direct actions like the one that got him or Jacobs arrested - or the one in 1999 that blockaded a Forest Service road for two months with a tripod-like structure that had a volunteer at its peak for 24 hours a day, sometimes through minus 40 degree weather.
Brister says what he keeps coming back to as the answer for why Yellowstone's bison are so carefully managed, if the threat of brucellosis transmission is truly an empty one, is the livestock industry.
"I really think that it's a range war and the livestock industry is used to controlling our public lands," Brister says.
Buffalo Field Campaign: Working to Stop the Yellowstone Bison Slaughter, 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
and In the Presence of Buffalo by BFC Executive Director Dan Brister
By Daniel Brister, Executive Director for Buffalo Field Campaign
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