Our World: Where the Buffalo Roam

Bison in Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

After visiting Mount Rushmore, Betsy and I drove to South Dakota’s Custer State Park.  One area of the park that was highly recommended was the Wildlife Loop, where we were assured that we would see plenty of wildlife.

Our friends were correct — we saw a wide variety of wildlife:  big horn sheep, burros, pronghorns and bison.  I’ve seen bison before, but never so many at one time.

Bison on the prairie in Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

Seeing them on the prairie reminded me of descriptions of the huge buffalo herds encountered during the westward expansion of the United States.  At one time there were millions of bison in North America, but by 1900 it is estimated that fewer than 1,00 bison remained on the entire continent.

Bison at Custer State Park, South Dakota. September 25, 2012.

There are now as many as 1,300 head of bison in Custer State Park.  Bison can grow to 6 feet tall and weigh more than 2,000 pounds.  They are the largest native terrestrial mammal of North America.

The park holds a roundup each year to adjust the size of the herd according to the predicted availability of grassland forage.    The spring birthing season           rejuvenates the herd to approximately 1,300 head each year.

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23 Responses to “Our World: Where the Buffalo Roam”

  1. Ms. A Says:

    As big as they are, I’ll bet they could take those fences down if they had a mind to.

  2. Łucja-Maria Says:

    Welcome Betsy and George!
    Stunning scenery!
    Oh, herds of bison. Nice to watch these wonderful pictures.
    Fantastic memories.

  3. Larry Says:

    I just hate we missed the wildlife loop.

  4. madsnapper Says:

    this is good news on the bison coming back at that rate. they are wonderful to look at. i have never seen one in real life, just on TV

  5. The Incredible Woody Says:

    Custer State Park is now definitely on my ‘To Visit’ list!!

  6. Linda Says:

    These are beautiful shots. I especially liked the wide-angle shot that captured the larger herd on the rolling hills of the prairie. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit to Custer State Park. It’s on our list of favorite places…but then that list is quite long. 🙂

  7. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Wonderful captures, George! I do love the buffalo and we always tried to visit one of the parks where they were every summer when we lived in Montana! Great post for the day!! Hope your week is off to a great start!

  8. maple lane Says:

    So much fun to see the bison. I had no idea they could be so heavy!

  9. ladyfi Says:

    Such lovely prairie shots!

  10. nealpt Says:

    Very nice. I love seeing shots like that…the only thing better would be to see them in person.

  11. busy bee suz Says:

    I love bison!!!!

  12. dayphoto Says:

    I’m glad you got to see them. We got there to late last year as they were all in the corrals after the round-up.

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
    http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

  13. Rose Says:

    I have heard that bison are temperamental…but I still love seeing them. and I love the color in the second shot.

  14. Judy Says:

    Looks a lovely place to visit! I am glad they are taking care of the bison herd!

  15. Carletta Says:

    We saw bison when we took the grandgirls to the zoo but I’d love to see them in these kinds of numbers.

  16. ZielonaMila Says:

    Wonderful spaces, unusual views. I am greeting

  17. bertN Says:

    When I get a chance, I’ll visit Custer State Park and the bisons.

  18. Jewaicious Says:

    Lucky you! The photos are beautiful slices of nature.

  19. Karin Says:

    I’ll be singing that song all day long now, George! Great shots of the wide open spaces we also enjoy up here. So glad you both had such a wonderful trip!

  20. maryBeth Says:

    Oh give me a home………
    Excellent pictures, George.
    Glad you got to see such scenery and wildlife. MB

  21. Diane b Says:

    They aree a beautiful big animal and what a treat to see so many in one spot.

  22. Sartenada Says:

    Wow. To me these photos have great interest. I have not seen them in live, if we do not calculate zoos. After reading huge amount of books describing “Old wild West”, Your post delighted my mind very much. Thank You.

  23. Our World: More from the Wildlife Loop « Senior Moments Says:

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