BIG BOYS IN THE BLACK HILLS (2013)

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UploadedDecember 5, 2019
TakenSeptember 30, 2013
MakeCanon
ModelCanon PowerShot SX30 IS
Exposure1/400 sec at f/4
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length14.297 mm
ISO160
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[September 30, 2013, on the Wildlife Loop Road, in Custer State Park, South Dakota]

These magnificent, nearly 2000-pound bulls, are enjoying the Indian Summer just a few days before the annual "round up."

The "round up" in the Black Hills is a three-day event where all of the ten-year old buffaloes are separated from the herd and sold.

How are the ten-year olds identified? During their first year, they are branded on their upper right rump with a single numeral. In the case here, one of these bulls bears a "6," the other bears an "8." (Enlarge the photo and see if you can read the number that appears on each animal.) What this means is that one of the bulls will be culled in 2016, the other in 2018.

Most of the buffaloes are undoubtedly heading to market. Bison meat is highly prized, with far more protein and far less fat than beef. But many of these buffaloes are heading for ranches, Indian reservations, and other parks, to fight another day. A healthy buffalo can expect to live about 15 years.

JPG is rapidly winding down now, so I am going to post a few more photos than I usually do.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

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  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (5 Dec 2019):

    Beautiful capture of the buffaloes and landscape..Since my husband and I have become vegetarians on a plant based diet we have cut down on eating meat...I enjoy these creatures simply for their beauty!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (5 Dec 2019):

    Yes, as we are 'winding down' it is good to see all of this, places that some of us could not visit and to know your travels and journey through your images, thanks!

  • David de London

    David de London gave props (16 Dec 2019):

    Always good to see our big friends

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