Jan 092017
 

Environmentalists are fighting Polish plans to allow hunters to shoot bison.

Officials say limited hunting allows for a controlled elimination of weak animals and earns money for care for the herds. But opponents say Europe’s largest mammals are endangered and protected by law.

Greenpeace has gathered 9,000 signatures on a letter asking the prime minister, Beata Szydło, to stop the plan.

There are more than 1,500 bison in Poland, mostly living freely in state-owned reserves but also on private farms. The bulls can weigh more than 900kg (1,984lb) and stand 1.9 metres (6ft 2ins) tall.

A herd of wild bison in the Białowieża forest in Poland. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Authorities have allowed the hunting of 10 bison in the Borecka forest before April, saying the herd there is too large and threatened with tuberculosis. With 15 calves born in 2016, the herd has 111 animals; officials say it should be around 95.

Some sick bison have been shot in other regions in Poland in recent years. Paid events are regularly organised for foreigners who want to hunt deer, wild boar, hares or other small wild animals.

This article was first published by The Guardian on 02 Jan 2017.


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a bullet or two in them ? I think not !

Andrei Hanches

Why such a rare large european mammal requires to be culled? It makes no sense.They stood the challanges of time,just to be hunted down in the end,because of a fiew irrational national laws? Poland think twice!

Robert Piller

Yet another sad excuse to let the riffraff in.

Hilary Morrison

No of course not.

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