2013-03-13. German Prince Plans To Put Bison Back In The Wild

posted Mar 17, 2013, 7:07 PM by Alan Gould
| Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, NPR. Relevant to GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 2. Excerpt: A small herd of European bison will soon be released in Germany's most densely populated state, the first time in nearly three centuries that these bison — known as wisents — will roam freely in Western Europe. The project is the brainchild of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg. He owns more than 30,000 acres, much of it covered in Norwegian spruce and beech trees in North Rhine-Westphalia. For the 78-year-old logging magnate, the planned April release of the bull, five cows and two calves will fulfill a decade-old dream. But the aristocrat's neighbors aren't all thrilled about his plan to release wisents, which have been living in an enclosure on his property for three years. They are slightly taller than their American cousins and weigh up to a ton. Questions remain about who will foot the bill if the European bison damage property or injure someone. ...European bison are not the first animals Prince Richard has brought back to the region. His estate is rife with gray geese and ravens, which he says he reintroduced at the request of the German government. Herds of red and roe deer, as well as wild sheep and boar, also abound on his property. .... See full article at http://www.npr.org/2013/03/11/174037372/german-prince-plans-to-put-bison-back-in-the-wild?ft=1&f=1025.