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Hey everybody it's Tristan Emond with mindful living realty a realtor right here in rapid city, South Dakota. Welcome back to my YouTube channel. We'll talk everything about moving to rapid city and the black Hills. So today we're gonna answer some of your questions about the animals, the wildlife, what you can expect in the black Hills.
So let's answer the question. Are there bears in the black Hills? But before we talk about some of the potentially dangerous animals in the black Hills, let's talk about some of the wildlife you may or may not see during your visit to the black Hills. The first one is very common and that is deer.
You'll see Muley, you'll see white tails you'll see little Bambi's you'll see bucks with great antlers. Just be careful driving across the black Hills road. Oh. Especially in that evening hour. Cause they like to cross the road. So make sure you keep an eye out for those deer. During those times, some of the black Hills residents consider these.
And nuisance. So if you happened to buy a property in the black Hills or in the foothills of rapid city, you'll need to make sure, especially if you're a gardener that you put lots of high fences up around your gardens, because if you don't those, do you like to come in and they help themselves? A lot of the deer in rapid city are so used to people.
When you drive by six feet away from them, they'll just look up at you. Wink, kinda, go back to eating. The other end we see quite a bit in the black Hills is wild turkeys. You'll see them going together in their groups. So I'm get pretty big and you'll get a chance to see them and hear them as they're watering through the black Hills, some black hills residents even feed the turkeys and the deer, and they show up to their yard every day.
If you're lucky driving out along highway 44 into the black Hills, you may see some big horn sheep along the road. If you're even lying. Right on Mount Rushmore is a lot of the where these guys are hanging out is the mountain goats. You'll see the white goats hanging out on the cliffs, just hanging out there.
Stand on this little tiny ledge, right near the rocks of Mount Rushmore. If you're in the Southern Hills, you might see the herd of elk that are known to cross through the Southern Hills at times. Again, that's if you're lucky, one of the more popular animals you'll see in custer state park's wildlife loop is the buroughs.
These cute little for animals. They'll come to your window that put your head in your window, looking for things to eat. Great moments for pictures and just enjoying the boroughs, playing in Custer state park. The other animals you'll see in Custer state park and wind cave, national park are the Prairie dogs.
It's amazing to watch them communicate and run in their holes and pop up here, there, and everywhere stand up at attention, Prairie dogs. In the black Hills, you also see a lot of prarie dogs at devil's tower, which is about two and a half hours away from us in Wyoming. And as you're traveling around the black Hills, especially in the prairies surrounding the black Hills, you'll see a lot of pronghorn antelope running and hopping and skipping.
Finally, you'll see a lot of smaller, rodent type animals around the black Hills. And in rapid city, we've seen beavers at Canyon lake park, little marmots and Sylvan lake. Rabbits in our backyard. And of course, chipmunks and squirrels all over the place. Now what about dangerous animals in the black Hills?
I know a lot of you, you asked the question. Okay. If I go for a hike, if I go for a camping trip, do I need to have bear spray? Do you want me to pack up all my food in the container? What do I need to do in that scenario? What am I concerned about as far as hiking and being out into the black Hills? No, if you are camping in the black Hills, we don't usually put away all of our stuff, but make sure of course that you put.
Food in the car or at least wise habit it's tightly covered because if you don't, you will probably attract the raccoons, the possums, the squirrels it's kind of creatures. That'll come a night and take advantage of the food that you had for everybody else, because Hey, they're hungry. So let's talk about one of the most dangerous animals in the black Hills that is believe it or not
the Buffalo. Now I know when you're driving down wildlife loop, you see them, they're just hanging out in the field. They're crossing the road. They're pretty much seeming to ignore you, but they move fast and they are big. Last year, we had lady get off the back of the bike to approach the Buffalo, to try to get that closer picture that buffalo charged her.
Ended up catching her in her pants, swung her around for awhile and dropped her unconscious as he took off. So make sure you stay in your vehicles. You'll see signs all over the place. And a us local people really give tourists a bad time when they get away from the vehicle and, uh, looked to approach the Buffalo.
The Buffalo were amazing to watch the great to take pictures of, but just don't approach them because there are still wild and they're in their atmosphere you also see a few Buffalo herds that are being raised by ranchers in the, in the black Hills area, the second animal to be watching out for. And this is probably the most poisonous in our area is the rattlesnake.
This will be the, the only snake that actually is poisonous. If we have garter snakes, we've had bullsnakes those aren't poisonous by any means. They'll definitely scare you when you see them along the way, but rattlesnakes are the ones to be watching out for. And they're mostly going to hang out in really warm dry.
Places along the trail or up on top of rocks in all my exploring of the black Hills, I've actually never come across one, but I have seen posts where people have said, Hey, watch out for rattlesnakes. They'd been in the grass they'd been over here. So be aware of the rattlesnakes because those are the ones.
That are really poisonous in the black Hills to be concerned about the third animal we should discuss is mountain lions. Yes, there are mountain lions in the Hills. You probably aren't going to see them. In fact, probably aren't even going to make themselves known to you unless they're really, really hungry.
Generally speaking, they're hanging out by themselves, away from the crowds and away from the people. So your more popular tourist attractions, you probably won't have, have a chance to see them, but if you're hiking by yourself, in the wilderness, all by yourself, just keep an eye out for him. So now we answer the question.
Are there bears in the black kids? And a couple of years ago, I would've said, Nope, no bears in the black Hills. Unless of course you go through bear country, which we'll talk about that later. But lately there have been sightings of some black bears running around the black Hills. Definitely more than a few, according to the experts, but they're not in a stage right now where they're causing any danger right now.
They're on the, just finding food, the playful type stage right now. So they're nothing to really worry about. But if, yeah, if you happen to see a bear in the middle of the woods somewhere, yeah. Don't approach it. Don't go play with it cub. Be smart people. And finally off the distance, you may hear some coyotes again, I've never seen one.
I've never been approached by one. So they are there, but chances are, they're not going to be bothering you because they're off keeping away from you. Yes. My lawyer wife just told me, you know what? You probably should say something in regarding all the information you just put out there about the dangerous animals and what they do and don't do and what their attack you don't, you know, you should do your own research, but this is about from my experience.
Disclaimer, noted. Right right now, let's talk about their birdies of the black Hills. I love the songbirds. You've seen a lot of them in the, in the black Hills area, especially Robbins. We've had some Redwing blackbirds lately. Bluebirds. I've also seen that the little yellow finches Crow, doves, sparrows, all sorts of different kinds of birds.
Flying through the air. If you're around water, you'll definitely see a good collection of ducks and geese. It's fun to watch the little ducklings of the little geese during the spring, follow their mother around. You'll see a lot of these birds at canyon lake. And even when we were boating on Pactola lake, they liked to hang around the boats.
Cause I know, well, you know, these kids and these families they'll probably throw some food out. So you definitely see a lot of water foul in the lakes. You also see plenty of Raptor type birds flying around Falcons Hawks. And if you're lucky, you'll see bald Eagles. We've seen bald Eagles around Nemo road, on Pactola lake.
If you're in the right spot, you can get a chance to see him at the right moment. We've also seen a crane or two hanging out and Canyon lake Pactola Lake and other waterways in the black Hills. And of course, South Dakota is an agricultural state so you're going to see a lot of livestock in and around the black Hills area, cows horses, sheep, goats, even see some alpacas every once in a while.
Of course, then also you have your love of cats and dogs in our area. You'll see plenty of domesticated animals and farm animals in your touring around black Hills and the areas around this seemed like the perfect thing to talk about the bugs. I mean, not really animals, but know. Let's just talk about the books in the rapid city and black Hills area.
First one I know is on your mind is, Hey, what about them? Damn mosquitoes. So fortunately our mosquitoes aren't as bad as other places. So as I mentioned before, I grew up in Southwest corner of Minnesota. It's very humid over there. The mosquitoes were crazy and my parents were from Malta, Montana, and the mosquitoes up there were legendary.
Now here in rapid city in the black house. We have less humidity. So our mosquito population isn't as bad. The past few evenings, I've been able to sit out on my deck without any bug spray, without any candles blowing. And haven't had too many problems with any mosquitoes. Now they are there, they're around and some years are worse than other, for example, 2019, we had all the water, we had standing water everywhere.
So of course the mosquito population then was a lot worse than it is in this year when it's considerably dryer here. And of course, if you go walking by rapid Creek, you'll definitely find more mosquitoes there than you will possibly in your backyard. So they're different out there, but they're just not as bad as other places talking to you, Eastern South Dakota.
The other thing that we've noticed, especially more this year is wasps. You know, they'll come up and they'll put the nest in the softener. Of your house and there'll be flying around. We haven't had any wants bites. It hasn't been too bad, just really more of an annoyance of all the wasps flying around the property.
What about spiders? And there's not a good reason to live in the cold north. We don't have a lot of big nasty, poisonous spiders. Our worst spider that I'm aware of is called is the black widow. But as long as you're not crawling underneath homes and in crawl spaces all the time, you're probably not going to see a whole lot of spiders running around or be meeting up with them.
A lot of people have the homes, bug bomb for spiders. And when you're walking through the Hills and through some trails, sometimes you'll have to go through some spiders webs. But nothing to the extent of being concerned about huge spiders crawling up your skin and biting you to death. And then of course we have our general bugs that are just kind of annoying Millers crickets, grasshoppers, bookseller, elder bugs in each year seems to be a little different when you had a really bad box Elder bug plague, shall we call it.
In September where it seemed like the buildings were kind of half covered with box elder bugs. This year, we seem to have a lot of Millers wandering around every year is usually a little bit different about what bugs we have kind of flying around or being around. But in general, it's the annoyance thing of course, unless you're a farmer in the black Hills and you know, those grasshoppers are eating up your crops.
And what about fish? Fishing is very popular in the black Hills, on the lake streams and rivers here in the back Hills. You find a lot of trout walleye perch Northern and some crappies if fish and fishing is your thing. There are a number fish and fry campgrounds plus go up to Spearfish to the DC booth historic fish hatchery.
There you can not only feed the fish from above, but also see them below in their underwater tank. You can also check out the fish hatchery museum fish, hatchery boat, number 39, the real car and the beautiful grounds and the free attraction and the DC booth fish hatchery, and Spearfish. The other place to check out is outdoor campus west in rapid city.
This is an educational facility operated by the South Dakota game fish and parks department. It has numerous displays of Western South Dakota habitats and why life and a 4,600 gallon aquarium where you can go underneath and watch the fish through the glass. Where are the best places to go. If you're wanting to see animals and wildlife in the black Hills?
Well, of course you can start. Bear country. This is a drive-through wildlife park. That includes not only bears, but also a lot of different animals and wildlife. It's the major made feature is the end where you see the babies. We, you see the baby bears playing the baby otters a lot of fun at the end, walk around and see all the baby animals playing in their habitats.
If birds and reptiles are your thing. Definitely check out reptile gardens, even at birds and reptiles. Aren't your thing. Check it out. It's got an amazing display of crocodiles. Reptiles, beautiful birds. There's even the giant old Torrise you can pet and take pictures next to if you're looking for the petting zoo experience old McDonald's farm on highway 16, it takes care of that for you here, you can see and pet the majority of your farm animals with the main feature of being in the goats, running cross the bridge from one spot to.
And finally the wildlife loop, Custer state park, which I mentioned before. It's always better to go in the morning or in that little bit late in the afternoon when the animals are a little more prone to be up and about and walking out there, you'll see the buffaloes in the road. You'll see the buroughs
you'll see deer. You'll see antelope. You'll see, might even see some elk down there. It was one of the best wildlife drives here in the black Hills. Now I know I've just touched the surface of the moon. That are hanging around in the black Hills that are fun to watch, wants to be wary of, wants to take pictures of ones to listen to.
I did find this brochure in online, South Dakota wildlife put out by the South Dakota department of game fish and parks. I'll put that link below so you can check this out. It's a cooler brochure talking about the different animals around South Dakota was even a little tiny picture. So you can kind of identify.
I love the wildlife and animals in the black Hills. I love to see when Ryan walking and walking and camping, and I'm sure that you will too. Thanks for what you're watching. Everybody have an amazing day. And remember love where you live.