(SD)-Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup Draws 25,000 Onlookers
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - CUSTER BISON ROUNDUP.......SEPT 28
Custer State Park held its 54th annual Buffalo Roundup Friday and officials say it was another success with an estimated 25,000 onlookers watching cowboys and cowgirls round up 1,460 head of bison.
Park resource manager Mark Hendrix says the roundup is part of the park's bison management program that helps ensure there is enough forage for the herd.
Plans call for keeping the herd at an average of 1,000 animals to maintain the ecological balance in the 71,000-acre park south of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
In Friday's roundup, all of the park's bison were driven into a holding area where they were checked, sampled, and vaccinated.
Hendrix says most are being released back into the park, but 470 bison were culled out for a Nov 6 auction at the park. Some will go to slaughter but most most will be sold to buyers looking to start or expand their own herds.
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