What animals are in Badlands National Park?

Are there bears in Badlands National Park? If so, what can I do to protect myself from them while I’m backpacking there next month? I’m super terrified of running into a bear in the wild!

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Answer provided by
Liz Jenson
Answered on May 19, 2022
Try not to be nervous! There are no bears currently living in Badlands National Park in South Dakota, but there are a lot of other cool animals that you may see, including:
  • Black-footed ferrets
  • American bison
  • Bighorn sheep
  • Prairie dogs
  • Golden eagles
  • Pronghorn
  • Prairie rattlesnakes
  • Short-eared owls
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