Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. Historically, the animal played an essential role in the lives of the Lakota (Sioux), who relied on the "tatanka" for food, clothing and shelter.
50 million buffalo roamed the west prior to European settlement. By 1890 the herd size was down to 2000. Now total buffalo population in the
is up to around 500,000. The herd size in
is 1300. Custer State Park
buffalo rule the roads