In the meantime, I'm sharing some snaps from my solo trip to the Teddy Roosevelt National Park. It was about an hour and a half drive from where I was working in North Dakota and I'd read that you can see a ton of wildlife. Since I'm all about the animals, I hopped in my rental car and headed west towards the Missouri Grasslands. It was an overcast day with a tiny bit of rain, but the thing about overcast days is that it creates amazing lighting for photography, so that was a good thing. Speaking of photography, I took over 300 photos while I was here, so, because of that, I'm splitting this post into two because I have a lot of photos that I want to share but I don't want to overload you all at once.
When I tried to approach them to just get a better closeup photo, one of them shot up and arched its back and squealed really loudly. Then, it started squeaking repeatedly. I assumed it was trying to warn its fellow community members that some freak in a flannel shirt was trying to murder them or something. I googled the alarmed squeaking and apparently, there's also a theory that the motivation behind the squeaking is also to confuse fellow prairie dogs and make them more vulnerable to predators. Selfish bastards.
Also, there are several viewpoints and overlooks but not as many as I had hoped. The good thing though, is that I don't think that this park gets overly busy so even though the road is only one lane going in each direction, you can pull over and stop wherever you want without worrying about backing up traffic. Most of the time, if you encounter another car that's stopped, you'll want to stop to find out what's so interesting that they felt compelled to pull over (and vice versa).
By the way, these are bison, not buffalo. Back in high school, we learned in AP History that early American settlers saw these big brown fluffy dudes and assumed they were buffalo. But, buffalo and bison are not the same. Bison live in North America and buffalo live in Africa and Asia. Buffalo have those humongous horns that make a bit 'W' shape (or like a curly mustache shape) on the top of their heads and they have noses like cows. Bison have hairy faces and have two little devil horns.