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Published April 17, 2011, 05:18 PM

Buffalo calving begins in Custer State Park

CUSTER, S.D. — The buffalo calving season at Custer State Park is under way. The first newborn of the season was spotted Wednesday in the south end of the Black Hills park.

CUSTER, S.D. — The buffalo calving season at Custer State Park is under way. The first newborn of the season was spotted Wednesday in the south end of the Black Hills park.

The park has about 850 buffalo in its herd. Officials expect around 350 calves will be born. Most of the calving takes place in May.

Herd manager Chad Kremer said park visitors should leave the calves alone because the mother might charge if she perceives a threat.

The park herd will number around 1,200 head for the annual roundup and auction in fall.

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