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Burros (Donkeys) in Custer State Park, S.Dakota

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Wild Burros or wild Donkeys which are descendants of miner’s pack animals from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, were happily occupying the roadway at the beautiful and really special Custer State Park in South Dakota.  These animals seem to love visiting with the tourists (I think many people have fed them – but not me)!

The Burros cause safe but sometimes lengthy traffic jams when they congregate on the road itself.  Sometimes I saw about eight Burro’s on the road or next to it.  Some are quite young.  They are cute and pretty safe – but do not depend on these animals being “tame”.  I took these pictures on June 9, 2014, and again on June 11, 2014 in Custer State Park along the “Wildlife Loop Road”.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Way, Way Wild!

Wild Burros

Wild Burros or Donkeys, cute little barking Prairie Dogs, Wolves, Pronghorn Antelope, Tundra Swans, Beavers, and majestic Elk were some of the wild animals and birds that I saw and photographed on my recent trip to the Plains states.  I took the pictures of the Pronghorn, and the Burrows or Donkeys in South Dakota’s gem of a state park, the Custer State Park.  The Burros are descendants of those used by the old gold miners of the Nineteenth Century and do roam freely.  I shot the picture of the little Prairie Dog at the Prairie Homestead Park just outside of The Badlands National Park, also in South Dakota.

The Tundra Swans were seen on the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park, as was the Beaver.  I photographed the Elk in the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park and also got the picture of the Wolf there as well.  The Wolves were mostly behind a low ridge and were just out of sight when I was there taking the picture.  This one individual Wolf was ahead of the others and I was thrilled to get the picture.  I saw many Elk in Yellowstone National Park and just missed taking a picture of a huge bull Elk with a fine rack of antlers (my camera was not out and we were in the car when the Elk crossed the road).

This wraps up my series of pictures taken during my recent trip this month.  Tomorrow I will be showing pictures from my own lake at home.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!    P. S.  Sorry about the alignment of the pictures.  That sometimes happens when I put on the captions.  One day I will learn how to do the process without the odd positioning of the pictures  :  )

Female Elk

Swans (I think they are Tundra Swans?)

Prairie Dog

Wolf

Beaver

American Pronghorn Antelope

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