Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup in 45th year Today
by Associated Press
September 27, 2010 5:18 AM
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.