This month's devastating blizzard left thousands of livestock dead but there have been no reports of buffalo deaths related to the storm. Ranchers say buffalo are just built to stand harsh weather conditions. These buffalo are survivors. They got through this month's storm without any trouble it seems. Buffalo have developed quite a resistance to cold weather. Their thick coats and their instincts to walk into the wind allow them to handle harsh weather conditions.
Rancher Travis Mickelson says buffalo are used to the ever changing South Dakota weather, better than other livestock. He said "they are just not as susceptible to being pushed by wind, being affected by the cold as modern beef cows."
Mickelson's neighbor and fellow buffalo rancher John Cammack is amazed by the buffalo's resiliency. He said "it amazes me, every time I think, oh my goodness there's going to be a wreck out there after a big storm, we've never had anything ever drift and this storm was huge and nothing moved out of there pastures."
Buffalo are still returning from near extinction in the 1890's.