December 10 Road Closure Near Visitor Center
December 10: Badlands Loop Road (Highway 240) will be temporarily closed at Cedar Pass for emergency repair work. The closure is expected to be in place for two to three weeks, weather dependent. An alternate route to access Interstate 90 will be posted. More »
Another Successful Bison Roundup at Badlands National Park
Contact: Julie Johndreau, (605) 433-5242
BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. — The bison roundup at Badlands National Park was a resounding success for all parties involved. For the third year in a row, local ranchers and park employees worked together riding horseback through the Badlands Wilderness to safely gather the bison. Park employees and veterinarians processed the bison through a corral system at an incredibly fast, safe, and efficient rate. In just four days, 657 bison were tested for disease and genetic analysis. Pertinent population statistics were logged into a database tracking system.
The ever increasing bison population at Badlands NP was just too large for the park area to support, so 278 animals were culled. Indian Tribes in six states benefited by receiving these animals through an agreement with the Intertribal Bison Cooperative. Badlands bison were sent to distant new homes in WA, NM, ND, and OK. Both the Santee Sioux and the Oglala Sioux Tribes of SD received some of these bison. "What an incredibly fun and rewarding experience" said park superintendent Dr. Paige Baker. "We were able to do our job of managing the park resources while at the same time involving the community and our Tribal partners."
School children from Wall, Interior, and Philip attended the roundup to learn about wildlife biology and the prairie ecosystem. The Badlands Buffalo Roundup has greatly increased park manager’s ability to conduct a scientifically sound herd reduction program that preserves the genetic variability and appropriate age and sex distribution of the population.
Did You Know?
The 1928 bill originally proposing a park in the South Dakota badlands used the name -Teton National Park - in the hopes of avoiding the negative-sounding name of Badlands. Teton was a title later applied to Grand Teton National Park.