08 Apr '11, 2pm

European Bison Pose An Important Question: What Is Natural?

David already wrote about the fascinating case of the last herds of European bison , noting how the collapse of communism has lead to a "rewilding" process, where farms have been abandoned and many rural residents have moved into the city. Now Damian Carrington has an insightful and reflective piece over at The Guardian on how European bison force us to ask what "natural" really means . Whether it's selective breeding programs, an annual cull, or the question of whether and how much to manage the forests in which the bison roam, a fierce debate is going on between interventionist conservation and a more hands off approach. There are even questions about whether bison are truly native to the forests the first place:

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/04/european-bison-wh...

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