Wild populations of European bison got a boost this month, as 17 animals were released into a secluded valley in the wild Carpathian mountains of Romania.
Part of a larger scheme to return native animal populations back to Europe, these animals will be monitored for half a year before being left to their own devices to form a herd, and dodge wolf packs.
It is interesting to note that of all the thousands of European bison that are now present in the wild due to reintroduction since the 1950’s, are all descended from around 50 animals that were left left in captivity after the last wild ones were hunted and poached to extinction early in the last century.
Rewilding Europe is a conversation group helping with this project. Learn about it and others on their site!
Update: This Polish Nature Preserve, the Białowieża Forest, not only houses European Bison, but also populations of Red Deer, Wild Boar, Roe Deer, Moose, Lynx & Wolves! This place is definitely on the bucket list.