Bison (also called Buffalo), are one of the many icons of America. I took these pictures both in the beautiful Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and in the gorgeous Yellowstone National Park (Hayden Valley and Lamar Valley). These pictures were taken during the second week of June. It was quite cold during the day when we were in Yellowstone. It snowed twice during the five days of our visit there. It also rained several times. If you do plan a June visit, prepare for any kind of weather!
The Bison at Custer State Park are a state-owned and managed herd. These animals roam semi-freely as there are huge fenced pastures at the park. Sometimes Bison do cross the road. The state does have sales of some of the herd to keep the numbers of Bison in the park manageable. The Bison at Yellowstone are said to be completely free-roaming and mostly stay inside the park where they thrive. We did see more Bison up in the higher elevations of the Lamar Valley than down in Hayden Valley. We saw very few Bison near Lake Yellowstone. We only saw a couple of “Bison traffic jams” in Yellowstone during our visit. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!