Bear Country U.S.A. is a drive through park and a favorite stop for families visiting the Black Hills. My wife Heather and I planned to go see the Black Bear Cubs “CubFest 2018” this past spring. As we drove up Mt. Rushmore Road towards Bear Country we noticed a ton of vehicles pulled over on the shoulder of the highway. Well, long story short you better get up REAL early if you want to get in to see the Bear Country black bear cubs! Maybe next year we’ll get to see them up close.
Here is a little history for you: “Dr. Dennis “Doc” Casey, and his wife Pauline, opened Bear Country U.S.A. in August 1972 with 11 black bear, one cougar, one wolf, three buffalo and one large bull elk. The park is still owned and operated by Pauline and 3 of her children; Shannon, Mike and John. Wildlife at Bear Country U.S.A. has expanded in the past 28 years featuring over 200 black bear and various other wildlife.”