More than 250 buffalo to be auctioned in S. DakotaIn the market for a pregnant buffalo? Then western South Dakota's Custer State Park is the place to be Saturday.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In the market for a pregnant buffalo? Then western South Dakota's Custer State Park is the place to be Saturday.
More than 250 buffalo will be sold at the park's annual auction, including 43 2-year-old pregnant heifers. The auction follows September's jaw-dropping roundup in which more than 1,000 of the beasts stampeded across the prairie.
The sale raises money for the park system while reducing the herd to a sustainable size — something that is especially important after a mild winter and dry summer left the grassland parched and at risk for over-grazing, said Gary Brundige, the park's resource program manager.
“We'd started to rebuild (the herd) a little bit, but this past year we were probably two-thirds normal on rainfall,” Brundige said. “So we upped the sale a little bit more than we'd initially planned.”