Almost extinct animals, killed by stray dogs in Romania

Huge financial efforts, determination and manpower dedicated to protecting a species that was close to extinction in Europe 100 years ago went down the drain in Romania, after a pack of feral stray dogs attacked and killed some of the very few bison in the Southern Carpathians.

The simple fact that these dogs have managed to hunt down Europe’s largest mammal, including the first bison calf conceived and born in the wild in the Southern Carpathians, is evidence of the scale of the danger they pose to wildlife, according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It is almost mind-blowing that in an area populated by bears, wolves and wild boars, the fiercest predator is a pack of dogs.

During the bison monitoring conducted by the bison rangers in the Southern Carpathians last week, four of the 30 bisons in Tarcau mountains were found dead.

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