Wild Asses

I guess they’re actually burros, though, off-hand, I don’t know the difference.  If I weren’t sitting in a campground away from all cell service, I would look it up.  No Google here, though.

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

Going from memory, it seems burros were once used in what is now Custer State Park in South Dakota to haul people up one of the larger peaks in the Black Hills.  At some point, the owner of the beasts released them for some reason, probably no longer economically viable.  The wild burros of Custer State Park are their descendants.

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

We came across these critters on August 6th on a drive through part of Custer State Park after we had set up camp just south of there in Wind Cave National Park.

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

Wild Burros of Custer State Park, South Dakota, August 2014

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  • Rummuser Aug 25, 2014

    We call them donkeys here.
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    • Mike Aug 29, 2014

      Here, too. From wikipedia, since I have a semi-decent connection for a change:

      Begging Burros is a name used to refer to the donkeys in Custer State Park. For many years, these donkeys have earned this nickname as they approach various passing cars through the park begging for food.”
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