Caucasian Wisent

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The 'Caucasian Wisent (Bison bonasus caucasicus) was a subspecies of Wisent that inhabited the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe.

It was hunted by the Caspian Tiger and the Asiatic Lion (until 10th century) in the Caucasus, as well as other predators such as wolves and bears.

Decline and extinction

In the 17th century, the Caucasian wisent still populated a large area of the Western Caucasus. After that human settlement in the mountains intensified and the range of the Caucasian wisent became reduced to about one tenth of its original range at the end of the 19th century. In the 1860s the population numbered still about 2000, but was reduced to only 500-600 in 1917, and only 50 in 1921..

Hybrid survivors

Only one Caucasian bison bull is known to have been in captivity. This bull, named Kaukasus, was born in the...
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