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In South Dakota, Clark and York walk the shore between present Pickstown and Whetstone. They see at least 500 buffalo. Elk and deer are in all the stands of trees. Clark directs York to kill a buffalo.

From the journals...

I saw at one view near the river at least 500 Buffalow, those animals have been in view all day feeding in the Plains on the L. S. every Copse of timber appear to have Elk or Deer. D[rouillard]. Killed 3 Deer, I Kiled a Buffalow Y. [York] 2, R. Fields one.

William Clark

Buffalo bulls in a wallow

Historic painting of a small herd of buffalo

Oil painting by George Catlin circa 1837 - 1839.