The Europeans had almost exterminated the larger wildlife on the Old Continent, but now the local species are gradually returning
. The European bison, the beaver, the brown bear, the lynx and the wolf - animals that went almost extinct, or were pushed into the remotest corners of the continent, some of them now even existing only in the zoo... all of them are now slowly moving back to the central parts of the continent, not without the re-population efforts of dedicated ecologists. And this process is provoking some contemplation about the human role for the preservation of wildlife. The question is not easy to answer, especially in a highly industrialised region like Europe: how much wildlife could the "civilised" humans tolerate?
Yes, the wild beasts are coming back to Europe, but not on their own. The humans have a major role in this renaissance - especially the environmental organisations and the relevant EU institutions. For many decades they have been fighting for the endangered species. They guard their habitats, they follow the population dynamics, and they stimulate the reproduction of the rare species, and even re-introduce ones that existed only in captivity.( Collapse )