Bison in Custer State Park.

I went to Custer State Park in South Dakota in 2011 as part of an escorted trip. I enjoyed the landscape & getting close to the bison very much & would like to go again.

Custer State Park.

The area originally started out as sixteen sections but was later changed into one block of land because of the challenges of the terrain. The park began to grow rapidly in the 1920s & gained new land. During the 1930s the Civilian Conservation Corps built miles of roads, laid out parks & campgrounds & built three dams that set up a future of water recreation at the park. In 1964 an additional 22,900 acres were added to the park. The park now covers an area of over 71,000 acres of hilly terrain & is home to many wild animals such as bison elk, coyotes, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, prairie dogs, bighorn sheep, river otters, pronghorn, cougars & feral burros.

While we drove through the park in a small minibus many of the bison would just walk across our path stopping traffic in both directions. I am amazed, to this day, to still hear stories of stupid tourists, getting too close to these large animals & being gored or trampled. People must learn to respect these animals & give them plenty of room.

My photos of Custer State Park.