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Custer State Park buffalo auction; first time Internet bidding

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They were successfully rounded up back in September and now it's time for the buffalo at Custer State Park to be auctioned off.

The 40th annual Custer State Park Buffalo Auction attracted bidders and spectators alike. "Well I might buy one, I haven't decided yet," said Kevin Kraft. "It all depends on the price." 

Kraft isn't a stranger to buffalo auctions, and traveled from North Dakota to check out the surplus buffalo from the Custer State Park annual roundup. "It's a great way to get together with people you know in the buffalo business and you have a good time," said Kraft. 

And while Kraft didn't mind the drive to the Black Hills, a new addition to the auction this year made it easier for those who do. "This is the first year we've done an Internet auction as well," said Matthew Snyder, park superintendent. 

Snyder says people have been asking for an Internet auction and now around 80 people saw the buffalo and bid in real time from across the country. "They haven't lost the feed, there haven't been any glitches. That was kinda a concern doing this for the first time, but it's been going well," said Snyder. 

Which Kraft says it great to fuel the market. "A lot of people can't make it down here for the sale, and so to have that option at home, in a nice warm house and be able to bid on quality animals is nice, cause there is some high quality animals here," said Kraft. 

 

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