Going where the buffalo roam

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 16, 2011 - 6:08 PM

On a trip to South Dakota to view bison, one family finds the creatures can be both noble and annoying.

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kennyrogersApr. 16, 11 7:05 PM

I think the Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands is where that teenage girl and her twenty-something boyfriend stayed after slaughtering her entire family and several others in the Dakota badlands in 1959. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek starred in the movie about them, "Bandlands". Their motto is, "We'll leave the Lysol out for ya!"

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margykrApr. 16, 11 9:51 PM

So much for city folk going on their discovery tour, without clues. Welcome to the real world of bison. Try researching next time. Bison do pretty much what they want at the time, regardless of humans. There's a lesson there; at least they didn't try to pet them and get trampled.

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graya12Apr. 16, 1111:02 PM

They certainly do what they want. Last July my SUV was the unfortunate recipient of a bison/Saturn collision. Two bison were shoving each other and one was shoved into the side of the truck, causing over $2000 worth of damage to the car. From what we observed the bison wasn't dented at all. The two best parts of the vacation was my 5 year old daughter yelling, "the horns are coming right at me!" and the call to the All State claims center where they said, "well I've never heard that one before...".

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AnondsonApr. 16, 1111:40 PM

I visited Custer State Park a few years ago, it was about the most memorable part of my Black Hills road trip. Round a corner and there were hundreds of bison lumbering over the hills all over the road. Never got close to touch one, thank heavens, but it was awe inspiring all the same. Made me wonder how possible it would be to fill in parts of vacant parts of Eastern Montana and the Dakotas with Bison reserves.

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shushyn78Apr. 17, 11 7:11 AM

With the high price of gasoline again this summer, time to take a closer trip to home and vist the Dakota's.

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RF6700Apr. 17, 11 7:39 AM

South Dakota is a great place to visit. I'm considering moving their as well because of it's low taxes, business friendly environment, and low crime rate unlike Minnesota.

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bearcatbbApr. 17, 11 8:36 AM

Hey fun story. Blue Mounds park in Luverne is a great place to visit. Nice town too.

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viking53Apr. 17, 11 9:00 AM

I have always loved the Black Hills and the surrounding areas. On a trip many years ago, a friend and I thought we would like to take our motorcycles out to the Black Hills. It was a great trip. We even made it to Custer State Park. We saw some buffalo and stopped to watch them. Well they just kept coming all around us. I swear, it was the whole heard. I felt rather naked sitting there on my motorcycle. Finally they left. So we started our bikes and moved on down the road. Maybe 100 yards from where we had stopped was a sign telling us the buffalo were wild and to stay in our vehicles. The thought that came to mind was. NOW they tell us! Well, I'm much older now. I don't know if I'm any wiser but I'm still here, so I must be indestructible. Hehe.

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viking53Apr. 17, 11 9:21 AM

RF6700. With your love of Michelle Bachmann, I'm not sure the people of South Dakota would want you there.

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passinthruApr. 17, 11 9:24 AM

I'm considering moving their as well because of it's low taxes, business friendly environment, and low crime rate unlike Minnesota.---- Please, do move.

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