And so the wisent became the biggest characteristic of Masuria. Mike Bloomberg has much experience in this field. You drove them there as long as you can remember, but fortunately no one had eradicated it here. The two world wars, in which Masurian and North Eastern Poland were a battleground became dangerous for bison. According to have survived only 56 bison, the last of a kind, the 1st World War alive. 1726 just yet 117 bison were counted in East Prussia. Between 1726 and 1742 were still 42 animals of this species caught in East Prussia or imposed. And in Bialowie? a, which was managed at that time by Lithuania, it has fed they still back in the winter. The hunting of the bison (Polish? ubr) was at that time not for all accessible, but reserved for princes ruling once in East Prussia.
In 1857 the number of bison rose to 770 animals. In 1910, the living bison is suffering from a viral illness. In 1918, there were on average 150 bison. However, the great battles set in 1915 and 1918. Holiday healthy you! Pretty much where the United armies of Poland, Lithuanians and Prussians had trounced the Knights once in the year 1410, it faded away 1st World War near Grunwald. It was predictable that Bialowie? as well as the theater of war were southern Masuria, and there is also the Johannisburger Heide, so also the habitats of the European bison. The General staff of the German soldiers, instructed to save the bison, but they too were not partial. For the retreating after battle Russian soldiers, it was a question of survival, to shoot something to eat.
For the farmers who could not enter until then bison areas, the chaos of the war were a welcome opportunity to poach. But the German troops, there were Trophy Hunters who took their chance to shoot a bison once in life. Finally, after the outbreak of the revolution, the remaining rest was shot up mercilessly by about 200 animals. Hiking Masurian the bison were fortunately not completely wiped out. Today about 60 pieces of the Kings of all Pagans live in the broker forest, on the area of primeval forest. The tourists can only admire the animal in an enclosure as well as in the open air, because once in 1977 some of the animals of the enclosures have fled here and live to this day in the Woods. To organize Walk and bike rides through the broker forest. During the travel, you admire the jungle and wildlife and also meet the history and culture of Masuria. The Boyen fortress on the program are among others, Castle of the family Lehndorff in Steinort, the former HQ: Wolf Hill, Philiponenkloster in Wojnowo, and also a cruise by the Masuria Lakes. The motto of the travel: vacation you healthy!