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Wild aurochs-like cattle reintroduced in Czech Republic (Update)

 
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how about some for the good old USA?

http://phys.org/news/2015-10-wild-aurochs-like-cattle-reintroduced-czech.html

Wild aurochs-like cattle reintroduced in Czech Republic (Update)

Such an animal has not been seen on Czech territory for hundreds of years.

A Dutch breeding program has recreated massive bovines closely related to aurochs, once the heaviest European land mammal and the wild ancestor of today's cattle that became extinct in the 17th century.
It is believed they disappeared from what is now the Czech Republic in the 12th or 13th century.
On Tuesday, a small herd was introduced to a Czech sanctuary as part of a project to use big-hoofed animals to maintain the steppe character of the former Milovice military base, 35 kilometers (22 miles) northeast of Prague.
The beasts joined a herd of 15 wild horses from Britain's Exmoor National Park that were moved here in January with a task to stop the spread of aggressive and evasive grasses and bushes, delicacies to the animals.
The invasive plants began to grow after Soviet troops withdrew from the base in 1991, threatening the area's original plants and animals.

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"They complement each other," said Dalibor Dostal, director of European Wildlife, the organization behind the project. He expects no conflicts between horses and cattle sharing the 40-hectare (99-acre) area.
"While the wild horses prefer grasses, the aurochs like the bushes. They don't compete. Their combination forms a natural partnership such as it was in the wild nature for thousands years."
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The Czech Republic is the first country in Central and Eastern Europe to receive the animals from the Netherlands, with Romania to follow. There are already herds in Portugal, Spain and Croatia.

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An aurochs bull could be about 180 centimeters (nearly six feet) tall, weigh a metric ton and have long, thick horns. The adult bulls turn from chestnut color to almost black with a typical white stripe along the spine; the cows are smaller and reddish-brown.

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"They are supposed to be very strong cattle they eat whatever they can get," Jacobs said. "They will survive. They will survive us.



 
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Very interesting chapter on auroch-reproduction being done in France, including tasting :), in Mark Schatzker's "Steak". I found the book altogether fascinating. Along with his newer one, 'The Dorito Effect', on the history and development of food industry 'flavorings'.
 
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