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Near Lusk in Niobrara County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Breaks in the Prairie

 
 
Breaks in the Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 7, 2016
1. Breaks in the Prairie Marker
Inscription. Rawhide Buttes in front of you is an island habitat within the shortgrass prairie. Because the Buttes contain forest habitat, they support different species of wildlife than the surrounding prairie. Elk, deer, turkeys, bobcats and mountain lions are found on the buttes. Historically, elk were native to this area but were killed off as food when the area was settled. In the 1960s the Game and Fish Department transplanted elk to reestablish the herd. The elk continue to thrive in their native environment. Both mule deer and white-tailed deer are found in this area. Mule deer were not found here until the 1920s; and white-tailed deer appeared in the 1950s. Changes in the area due to agricultural development provided additional water sources, forage and predator control for wildlife. Mountain lions, also called cougars, pumas or panthers, can be found in various habitats throughout Wyoming. The key to the presence of mountain lions is the existence of deer or elk. Mountain lions may kill sick or injured animals, thus improving the overall health of elk and deer herds.
 
Erected by Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
 
Location. 42° 44.882′ N, 104° 28.9′ W. Marker is near Lusk, Wyoming, in Niobrara County. Marker is on
Breaks in the Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 7, 2016
2. Breaks in the Prairie Marker
U.S. 18 at milepost 39 near Silver Springs Road, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3925 U.S. Highway 18, Lusk WY 82225, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lusk Rest Area (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheyenne-Deadwood Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); George Lathrop (about 500 feet away); Oldest Building in Lusk (approx. 1.7 miles away); Redwood Water Tank (approx. 2.2 miles away); a different marker also named Redwood Water Tank (approx. 2.2 miles away); Monuments to Wyoming History (approx. 4.7 miles away); Texas Trail - 1866 - 1897 (approx. 4.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lusk.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Lusk Rest Area, about 1 1/2 miles west of Lusk on U.S.Highway 18 (also U.S. Highway 20).
 
Regarding Breaks in the Prairie. breaks: an interruption of continuity or uniformity.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNatural Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page was last revised on October 3, 2016.
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