Cattle on the Wilder Side


Q. Are there any wild cows?

A. Yes, though many of the surviving wild species do not look much like the dairy cows in a Grandma Moses landscape or the herds of beef cattle on a Western ranch. They include some buffalo, bison and yaks.

The wild ancestor of most domestic cattle, the aurochs, Bos primigenius, has been extinct since the 17th century.

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According to, an educational website that keeps track of the remaining wild species, there are fewer than a dozen species that can be considered cattle still living in the wild, mostly in small and scattered populations. Most of these are considered vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered, threatened by shrinking habitats and poaching. Read more…



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