Custer State Park in western South Dakota is one of my favorite places. Custer State Park is known for its wildlife. If you spend time there you could encounter Bison, Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep, Cougars, White-Tailed Deer, Elk, Coyotes, and of course a park favorite the 'Beggin' Burros'.

They earned their name because the herd of around 15 donkeys will often back up traffic on the Wildlife Loop as they approach vehicles for handouts. They will descend on tourists to beg for food, ofter times going as far as sticking their head in a passerby's window in search of treats. From personal experience, I will tell you they like Twizzlers.

The Custer State Park Facebook page stated: "The park welcomed a pair of new burro foals over the weekend. You can find these adorbs babies down by the corrals. Please respect the mom's and babies' space during this time as the mothers are naturally protective of their newborns."

The origin of the burros dates back to the 1920s when they were used to transport visitors and their gear from Sylvan Lake up to Black Elk Peak (previously Harney Peak). When this practice ended some of the herd was released to roam the park.

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