Hungary European Bison After an almost 230 years absence, a herd of seven European bison (Bison bonasus) are again roaming free on a 70-hectare reservation in western Hungary. European bison that once populated most of Europe’s forests had been hunted to near-extinction in the early 20th century. The bison of Europe, which had three distinct subspecies, met their end in various ways. The last wild animals of the B. b. bonasus were shot in the Białowieża Forest (on the Belarus-Poland border) in 1921, and the last of B. b. caucasus in the northwestern Caucasus in 1927. The last animal of … Read more