Buffalo Roundup

The scenic terrain of the Black Hills, comprised of alpine forests, meadows and granite country, is home to an abundant variety of animals.  Numerous streams, lakes, reservoirs, varied topography, climate, and vegetation of the Black Hills National Forest provide habitats for an abundance of native fish and wildlife, including many of the most striking animals found in North America.

On any given day, one may witness mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, bison, pronghorn, prairie dogs, marmots, foxes, mountain goats, mountain lions, big horn sheep, and wild turkeys roaming the rugged landscape.


White-tailed deer and mule deer are common, and elk are encountered less often. Mountain lions sightings are rare, but coyotes are frequently heard yipping and howling at night. Goshawks and ospreys nest in the forest and bald eagles may visit in the winter. Many songbird species are present, including brilliantly colored mountain bluebirds and western tanagers.

Guide to Birds in the Black Hills - Page 1 & Page 2

To learn more about our animals, contact our forest specialists at (605) 673-9200.