Have you ever seen a wild ass?

Begging Burros is a name used to refer to feral burros (asses) in Custer State Park, South Dakota. The burros are descendants of a herd were used to carry visitors to the top of Harney Peak.  When the rides were discontinued years ago, the burros were released into the park. Elk, mule deer, white tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, and mountain lions  also inhabit the park.

ass: (noun) 1. A hoofed mammal of the horse family with a braying call, typically smaller than a horse and with longer ears

burro: (noun) 1. The donkey or ass, Equus africanus asinus, is a domesticated member of the Equidae or horse family. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African Wild Ass, E. africanus. In the western United States, a small donkey is sometimes called a ”burro” (from the Spanish word for the animal).

Custer State Park

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  • One of our very favorite places to be!!!!
    Thanks for the memories ♥

  • Custer State Park is one of my favorites too. I didn’t see wild burros there so didn’t know they had them. Interesting!

  • Donna – The video is from our 2007 visit there. We had gone through the park in the late 80s with our daughters, visited it again last year, and I’m sure that we’ll be there again in the future.

    Jaime – I think we had heard or read about them before we saw them, but this trip was the first time we had seen them — and it was just after we entered the park, so it was a bit of a surprise.

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