Pregnant heifers and breeding bulls aren't the only animals for sale at western South Dakota's Custer State Park. Seventeen burros also are up for bidding Saturday during the annual buffalo auction.
The park's donkeys, which aren't native, were once used for rides to the top of Harney Peak. That stopped decades ago, and the burros were released into the park.
Visitors Services Coordinator Craig Pugsley says the donkeys quickly became popular with park-goers. He says they're Custer's second-most beloved animals, after the bison.
Visitors feed the animals, which have become so friendly that they stick their heads inside cars and lick windshields in hopes of getting a treat.
Park officials say that about 35 burros will remain in the park. Last year, burros sold for less than $50 each.
Most Popular Today
- 1.Retail & Restaurants
Downtown Delicatessen Ready To Reopen
- 2.Your Money Matters
Some Online Shoppers Pay More Than Others
- 3.Retail & Restaurants
Computer Glitch Affects Gordmans Shoppers
Record Year For Raven Aerostar Balloons In Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- 5.General, Retail & Restaurants
Big Pizza Business On Day Before Thanksgiving
Deadwood October Gaming Revenue Up Over Last Year
Travelers Expect Delays For Thanksgiving Flights
Budgeting Help Available In SD This Holiday Season
Wednesday Morning Business Brief
Wednesday Afternoon Business Brief