The European bison (Bison bonasus), or 'wisent', is similar in appearance to its North American relative. Bison in the Bialowieza Forest in Poland have traditionally been fed hay in the winter for centuries, and vast herds may gather around this diet supplement.
Wisent/European bison - The European bison, also known as wisent, or the European wood bison, is the Eurasian species of bison. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild in 1919 and in the Western Caucasus in 1927, but have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in Europe. They are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans), with only scattered reports from the 19th century of wolf and bear predation.
European Bison I had never heard of this close relative of the American Bison until today. Check this out, too: http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/prince-to-reintroduce-european-bison-to-germany-a-874387.html
coffeentrees: Photo by @stefanounterthiner. The iconic and endangered European bison, Bialowieza, Poland. Image taken on assignment for #wildwondersofeurope and the story about this project published in @Natalie Jost Brewer Magazine in May 2010. @thephotosociety by natgeo
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See European Bison In Białowieża Forest // POLAND HIGHLIGHTS It's hard to believe that #Europe's heaviest land animal almost went extinct in the olden days. Today, 800 European #Bison roam the primeval #Białowieża #Forest, also a #UNESCO World Heritage Site as of 2014. Since the forest is a natural border dividing Poland and Belarus, avid adventurers can enjoy developed #hiking and #cycling trails on both sides or cut through. Discover more adventures in #Poland: bit.ly/PolishAdventures