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Sundance in Crook County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Black Hills

 
 
Black Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
1. Black Hills Marker
Inscription. The Black Hills area currently boasts Wyoming's largest population of white-tailed deer and wild turkeys. Pronghorn antelope, mule deer, red squirrels and sharp-tailed grouse are also common.
Excerpts from journals of the Colonel George Custer expedition in 1874, indicated grizzly bear, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer and beaver were common in the Hills. Antelope were also numerous and buffalo skulls dotted the surrounding plains. Timber wolves wee the most common large predator in the Hills. Coyotes were considered rare where their ranges overlapped with wolves but were abundant on the surrounding plains. Turkeys were introduced to the Black Hills in the 1930's.
All game species were severely depleted at the turn of the century by professional hunters supplying meat, furs and feathers to eastern markets. At the same time, the area was rapidly being settled and many areas were converted into irrigated cropland.
Through protective wildlife laws, strict law enforcement, game transplants and cooperative landowners participation, wildlife began to rebound during the early to mid-1900's . Surrounded by native prairies the Black Hills is a dominant feature on the prairie landscape. With wise stewardship of our land and wildlife resources, such landscapes can alway provide a home to wildlife and enjoyment by man.
 
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Black Hills Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 6, 2016
2. Black Hills Marker
Wyoming Fish and Game Department.
 
Location. 44° 24.792′ N, 104° 20.358′ W. Marker is in Sundance, Wyoming, in Crook County. Marker is on Industrial Avenue near Interstate 90, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sundance WY 82729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Custer Expedition (here, next to this marker); Crook County (a few steps from this marker); Inyan Kara Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 9.9 miles away); Petrified Trees (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Vore Buffalo Jump (approx. 10.3 miles away); Bird of the Black Hills (approx. 10.3 miles away); Rich Colors, Rich Lands (approx. 10.3 miles away); The Custer Trail (approx. 10.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sundance.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located at the Sundance Rest Area, exit 190 on Interstate 90.
 
Categories. EnvironmentNatural Resources
 
Our First Grizzly, killed by Gen. Custer and Col. Ludlow image. Click for full size.
By William H. Illingworth, 1874
3. Our First Grizzly, killed by Gen. Custer and Col. Ludlow
Why there are no Grizzly Bears in the Black Hills.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 192 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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