Begging Burros in South Dakota


November 25, 2023

We were fortunate to see and feed the Begging Burros in South Dakota's Custer State Park.

The burros are wild donkeys that live in a small section of Custer State Park.

They are called "begging burros" because they've become famous for approaching vehicles and expecting food. Many visitors bring crackers to feed them.

These animals have roamed the expanses of Custer State Park for nearly a century when they were first used as pack animals to get visitors from Sylvan Lake Lodge up the steep path to the summit of Black Elk Peak, the highest point in the U.S. east of the Rockies. When those touri...

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