South Dakota leads way in bison

Farm Forum

South Dakota’s Custer State Park is famous for its annual buffalo roundup. The herds there and at Badlands National Park are the two major publicly owned bison herds in the state, but there are also thousands of tribal-owned and privately owned bison in South Dakota.

In fact, South Dakota has more bison than any other state, according to the most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture, which was completed in 2012.

A notable population of bison exist in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, where roughly 3,500 bison populate the sprawling park.

Here are the top five bison states and the number of bison in each state.

No. 1: South Dakota, 33,637

No. 2: Nebraska, 23,152

No. 3: Montana, 14,671

No. 4: Colorado, 10,731

No. 5: Oklahoma, 9,685