Some critters in the Badlands.

Exploring and taking pictures –  Badlands National Park and vicinity, August 11, 2014

After heading back into Badlands National Park from getting ice cream at Wall Drug, we came across a “few” wild animals.

Buffalo (bison), Badlands National Park, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

There was a good-sized herd of buffalo (bison) near the road that goes to Wall.  They look mild – and generally are – but, they are wild and can move suddenly and fast, attacking whatever – or whoever – has irritated them.

Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

Just a little further down the road, we took a walk at Roberts Prairie Dog Town wayside out into the prairie, one of the largest in the country. Signs warn against feeding the prairie dogs and to avoid contact with them, as they may carry bubonic plague or other diseases.

Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

Roberts Prairie Dog Town, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

We also saw a few more mountain sheep.

Bighorn sheep, Badlands National Park, South Dakota, August 11, 2014

Our visit to Badlands was a short one.  It’s an interesting place and this was our third visit, but, for us, a one day visit is enough.  It was time to head west to high elevations.

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  • Hilary Sep 8, 2014

    Hi Mike .. lovely photos .. and those bison look ‘large’ … while I don’t think I’ve ever seen a prairie dog .. and they are I see a rodent ..

    I love the Big Horn sheep … cheers Hilary
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    • Mike Sep 8, 2014

      Thanks. Yes, the bison are very large. We’ve seen a lot of them this trip. Mostly from a distance or the safety of our car. Prairie dogs are somewhat cute rodents, in some areas a pest.
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  • Alan G Sep 8, 2014

    Well, there was a day when prairie dogs were fodder for .22 rim fire cartridges… 🙂
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    • Mike Sep 8, 2014

      I think, in some places, they still are. 😉
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