Friday, 19 December 2008

European Bison Hoof Print

The European Bison (aka the Wisent) Bison bonasus is Europe's heaviest land mammal. It is a creature of old forests, not grasslands, and despite its huge size (bulls can weigh up to 900kg and stand 2m high at the shoulder) can hide away with surprising ease. This photo of a hoof print was taken in upland forest south-east Poland in November 2008 (ball-point pen for size-comparison). It is a cloven-hoof, very broad and can only be confused with that of large domestic cattle. Location is an important factor, that is, where there are no cattle, as in this Polish forest, such a print can only be bison.

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