Tuesday, April 02, 2013

B is for Bison

Last year, my wife and I had the pleasure of visiting some friends in South Dakota. They were some of the best hosts. Each day we went on a different adventure to see the sites. On one of those trips to the Custard State Park, we came across a heard of Bison, or the American Buffalo. The bison once roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds, became nearly extinct by a combination of commercial hunting and slaughter in the 19th century. (At least according to wikipedia).

I believe every October the Custard State park officials hold a "round-up" to corral all the bison in the park. The objective is to keep the heard around 1,000 bison in the Park. I have not seen the round-up but it sounds like a lot of fun. I did find this web site you might want to check out sometime. (Round Up)

On our little visit we saw about 500 or 600, with some young ones running along with the others.

Having the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close was awesome.  You can drive through the park, and some of the bison are big enough to run small cars off the road.

South Dakota is a great place to visit.  Make sure you stop by and see the bison.


DL Shackleford said...

What an amazing sight that must have been.

Michelle aka Naila Moon said...

I too have seen them in the "wild". They are massive creatures but a wonderment to look at.

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