BISON RELSEASE: European bison roaming in Germany for the first time in 400 years
by Wildlife Extra staff
On 11 April 2013, a fence was cut down in the Bad Berleburg region of Germany. Nothing unusual in that, except that cutting the fence allowed a small herd of European bison (sometimes known as wisent) to become the first free roaming herd in Western Europe for 400 years.
The opening of the fence released a small herd, consisting of one adult bull, five cows and two calves, into a 10,000 hectare forest. Two of the animals are fitted with radio transmitters to allow scientists to track and follow them. The animals will roam entirely free in the large forests of the Rothaar Mountains around Bad Berleburg in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is hoped that the herd will grow to about 25 animals. The World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF) called the project a ground-breaking step in nature conservation of Germany…