Custer State Park auctioned off 265 bison at their annual auction, according to KOTA News. The herd of 880 is slightly smaller this year due to drought conditions. The herd was intentionally kept smaller in order to ensure enough vegetation was available to sustain the herd throughout the winter months.
The park aims to have a herd population of 960 going into the winter. Approximately 450 female bison are pregnant, indicating there will be a surplus next spring.
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