Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Sep 26, 2014

Buffalo entering corral, Custer State Park. (Still from the film)
Credit SDPB

Buffalo have had a place in Custer State Park since the first herd of 36 animals was brought to the park in 1914. Thriving in their native habitat, the herd quickly outgrew the amount of forage available on the park's pastures and rangelands. Park managers faced the prospect of losing both the rangeland and the buffalo, but they knew that by occasionally gathering together almost all of the buffalo and culling a select few from the herd, the forage would be conserved and the buffalo and other grazing animals in the park would likely have enough to eat year after year. Learn more about the roundup at the following site: 

http://pbsdll.k12.sd.us/Downloads/7/922/103RoundUpDLL.pdf