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Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in 45th year Today



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Nearly 1,300 bison will thunder down the hills and ridges of Custer State Park today for South
Dakota's annual buffalo roundup.

The roundup started 45 years ago as a way to manage the buffalo and has burgeoned into a late-season tourist event.

Last year, it attracted 14,000 spectators who stand in designated spots only a few hundred feet from the beasts.

Horseback riders and park rangers in ATVs and pickup trucks try to keep the 2,000-pound animals pointed in the direction of the corrals, but a few often break away before they're nudged back in line.

Once corralled, park staff count, brand, vaccinate and sort the herd in advance of a November auction that helps keep the numbers manageable.
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