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2015-06-29. Poland Wants Bison to Multiply, but Others Prefer Subtraction.

posted Jun 30, 2015, 4:51 PM by Alan Gould
By Rick Lyman, The New York Times. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 2. Excerpt: BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK, Poland — ...Last month, Piotr Otawski, Poland’s deputy minister of the environment and chief nature conservator, announced a plan to codify and streamline government efforts to protect and grow the country’s herds of bison, an effort that might seem as uncontroversial as a government action can get. Yet many farmers see the bison as a hazard to their fields and crops. The officials in charge of the country’s national forests do not always welcome the idea of more such creatures in the wild. Some business interests worry that too many new environmental rules will hobble the country’s economic expansion. Even those who support protecting the bison cannot agree. One group of scientists thinks there are too many of them in some places and chafes under government regulations that prevent culling. Another group says the problem is not too many bison but too much human interference in their care. “People are the biggest problem,” Dr. Krzysiak said. “By far.”... http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/30/world/europe/poland-wants-bison-to-multiply-but-others-prefer-subtraction.html