This past Friday was the 53rd annual Buffalo Roundup at Custer State Park. Except for a few big bull bison who tend to be very aggressive, the entire herd of approximately 1,300 head is corralled. The herd is checked for new calves who are vaccinated and branded.
About 200 animals are auctioned. Why? To balance the size of the herd with the land they inhabit. It’s for the good of the herd.
Contacting South Dakota 811 before you dig is also for the good of the herd. The human herd. When everyone does their part to get their worksite marked for underground utilities before they dig – it is good for everyone. When everyone does their part, there is a less than 1% chance that the dig will result in damage to underground utilities. But if you don’t contact South Dakota 811 first, you’re rolling the dice on whether your shovel or mechanical digger will hit a utility.
Contacting South Dakota 811 is easy. We’re open for your locate requests 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can always speak with a live agent, or if you prefer, simply enter your requests online. Homeowners can click HERE to reach the Homeowner Portal. Professional excavators can request locates online HERE.
And it’s good for the herd!
Until next week, safe digging!