WAS NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT. They mentioned there would be over 3000 head of Bison being herded for the annual count and sale. What I did't know until I got there was the park can apparently only hold about half that number, so many will be sold off...which makes me sad. I had thought the Bison were safe here. I assumed the older ones died off, and the calves replaced them. Guess this is not the case. So the Buffalo are not actually free to roam here, forever. I swear, I want to make a ton of $$$ so I can buy up all the property around there and have a safe place for all these great animals to live without being sold off for meat, and hides, breeding, etc.
Given all that, I did enjoy the power of the roundup. The approx. 10k visitors that watched, and their energy was coupled with the raw energy of these wild beasts running across the open plains. Then, right on their tails...literally...were the cowpokes and trucks full of cameramen and ranchers, plus the state park folks.
Even with the mass of wranglers, some of the herd broke off and went the wrong way, and one lucky guy got away and was spotted a few hills over. I cheered him on. Then there was the deer family of four that ran with break-neck speed across the plain, to the area of the Bison, only to freak out and run even faster back from whence they came. Even some antelope showed up before the hoopla to meander across in a show of defiance.
All in all, I recommend it, highly, for various reasons. Mainly, to instill in others a sense of protection for these huge and rare animals. They are a sight to behold!