A Wild Bison Was Spotted in Germany for the First Time in 250 Years – So Authorities Shot It Dead

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The World Wildlife Fund says it will be filing charges against German officials who shot a wild bison believed to be the first of its kind spotted in the country in over 250 years.

Police say a man spotted the bison near the Oder River just east of Berlin, The Local reports.

Local officials deemed the creature a threat to community safety and ordered it to be killed.

A calf of a European bison heard pictured in the Rothaargebirge mountain on May 5, 2014 near Bad Berleburg, Germany. Thomas Lohnes / Getty Images

“Giving permission to shoot a strongly protected animal without a clear potential threat is a criminal offence,” Chris Heinrich, a WWF board member said in a statement.

“After more than 250 years a wild bison had been spotted again in Germany and all the authorities could think to do is shoot it.”

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