Buffalo gather in Custer State Park on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, the day before nearly 1,300 buffalo are to be corralled by about 60 men and women on horseback at the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup in western South Dakota. More than 12,000 spectators were expected to descend on the area for the Monday herding. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt)
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — The hills of Custer State Park are set to rumble as the hooves of about 1,300 buffalo thunder across the prairieland during the 47th annual Buffalo Roundup.
Thousands of spectators began to stream into the park shortly after 6 a.m. Monday to get a firsthand look at the animals as they stampede down the prairie. A pancake breakfast, hot chocolate and coffee are on offer to keep the visitors warm.
Cowboys and cowgirls are herding the buffalo into corrals at the park, where entrance is free for the day.
About 300 buffalo will be up for auction Nov. 17. The buffalo are bought to supplement or start herds, or to be eaten.