A futile return

The European Bison has been extinct in Germany for 250 years, and a similar time in the whole of southern Europe. However, small populations have been discovered and reintroduced to Poland lately.

On September 13th, 2017, a confirmed wild Bison was spotted by a local policeman in Lebus, a town 88 km east of Berlin, Germany. After he contacted the authorities, they came to the site. When they attended, they shot it dead, slaughtering the first wild Bison in Germany in 250. The authorities had identified it as a “threat to the community


The WWF (World Wildlife Fund) are pressing charges against the eastern German authorities, as this is an animal considered vulnerable in Europe and extinct in Germany by the IUCN Red List. Experts believe that the rare animal strayed across from a thriving population in the Polish National Park, Ujscie Warty Forest.

Historically, the European bison was found throughout western, central and southern Europe, but by 1890, only two populations of the bison survived in the Białowieża Forest and the Caucasus mountains.

It was later deemed extinct in the wild (In Europe) by 1927, though conservation efforts have reintroduced the Bison to countries such as Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia and Slovakia.