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European Bison or Wisent (Bison bonasus)

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( This post was last modified: 03-29-2018, 02:38 AM by Ngala )

Population of wisents in Europe already surpassed 4000. Their strongholds are Poland and Belarus. Wisent is the largest wild animal in the continent with weight up to 1,2 tons.












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Confrontation between European bisons and wolf pack. Chernobille zone, Ukraine.




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So awesome and archaic beast, had read somewhere that they were natural hybrids between steppe bison and aurochs.  Thanks for sharing this quality documentary.
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These beasts were contemporary to mammoths and whooly rhinos. Once almost extinct now they make remarkable return in many parts of Europe. With wisents European nature again revive its monumental ancient features.

Notice: brown bear, wolf, European bison, wild boar. Its almost mega-fauna.... Human population of the Eastern part of the continent is decreasing and wild animals are returning.
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@Wolverine :

About #4: I would really believe to the full restoration of the European fauna only when the natural predators and only them (lynx, bears, Wolves and so on...) will regulate the herbivores populations. If they were always regulated by the human specy, it would be only a step forward, but incomplete.

In French, as concerns the natural reintroduction of the wolves, you are still hearing the hunters claming to be both the best ecologists and predators of the wild fauna. No use to say it's an absurdity. Positions and views are blocked.

The quality of the movies you share about the wisents is very good. Thank you !
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Help these hairy beasts to roam free...








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Poland, by Rafal Kowalscyk


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Winter, by Anton Agarkov


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Wisents torturing a female deer:




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SOUTHERN CARPATHIANS REWILDING TEAM KEEPS HUMAN-BISON RELATIONS HARMONIOUS

Until they become acclimatised to fully wild conditions, bison reintroduced into the Southern Carpathians of Romania may be tempted to approach farms and villages looking for food, especially during periods of harsh weather. The local rewilding team monitors the bison – and provides villagers with guidance and information – to ensure both animals and people remain safe at all times.


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In winter, and especially in times of heavy snow, bison do not have access to their main food – grass. While fully wild bison are accustomed to foraging in harsh conditions, those born and raised in captivity, and then newly introduced to the wild, are less capable. Until they adapt to their surroundings, they are sometimes attracted to more accessible food sources, such as haystacks.
As part of the Southern Carpathians rewilding team, bison rangers (locals from Armenis and Poieni rewilding areas), together with members of the WWF Romania team, work in the field to monitor the movement and health of reintroduced bison. If necessary, they intervene to keep the animals a safe distance from villages.
Interaction between bison and villagers in the Southern Carpathians rewilding area has happened in the past. A record is kept of these interactions and is used to improve future decision making regarding human-wildlife management.


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in the winter of 2017, a female bison reintroduced into the Țarcu Mountains became separated from the large herd in the Bison Hillock area and came down into the village of Feneş. Having been transported from a zoo in 2015, she was very accustomed to the presence of humans and initially found it difficult to adapt to the wild and harsh winter conditions.
“The bison rangers and local WWF team constantly monitored the situation,” explains Bianca Stefanut, a communications officer attached to the Southern Carpathians rewilding team. “Following wildlife management rules, they intervened several times and guided the bison safely back towards the herd. The reaction of local people varied from concern to curiosity to pride.”
All reintroduced bison undergo a period of acclimatisation to local natural and climatic conditions before they are fully released and become free roaming.  However, some animals regain their survival instincts more slowly, depending on the frequency of their interactions with humans, and the feeding habits acquired at their former zoos and reserves.
“In extreme weather conditions, such as those we have seen this winter, rangers will distribute hay, concentrate and mineralised salts in areas usually frequented by the bison,” explains Stefanut. “This means they are less likely to wander into villages. Electric fences have also been installed, but only in very high-risk localities.
“Over time, as the bison herds become wilder and wilder, we wil gradually stop employing such measures,” she continues. “But to foster co-existence at this early stage of the reintroduction programme these measures are critical.”


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In terms of interacting with people, bison do not pose an immediate danger, but it must be remembered that they are still wild animals. Attracting them with food or engaging them directly is ill-advised, to avoid familiarity with humans and prevent damage to goods.

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