RAPID CITY, S. D. – None of the bison in Custer State Park and Bear Butte State Park, were killed by the winter fires, but some of them have to be euthanized due to burns or other injuries.
Custer State Park Herd Manager Chad Kremer told the Rapid City Journal that there is no bison herd deaths were reported from the direct flames of the Legion More wildfire that burned nearly 85 square kilometres. But he said a cow was killed after smoke damage left the animal blind.
“We have quite a few with the smoke and heat affect their eyes, they were not completely blind, could not see the definition, only light and dark,” he said.
Kremer, who other bison had injuries of their outer, thicker coat burned and burns on their back, abdomen, eyelids, mouth and lips.
He is estimated to be between five and 10 bison may need to be killed as a result of injuries.
Kremer personal herd in the vicinity of the park was not able to escape the flames so easily. He said that he has lost seven bison blaze, and he’ll know within a few weeks if 10 others have to be euthanized because of their injuries.
The Bear Butte State Park herd was spared by a fire last weekend.
Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com