There was a diverse number of animals that European Caucasians hunted throughout the Ice Age including bison, wild horses, cave lions, cave bears, wolves, wild cattle, red deer, roe deer, fellow deer, beaver and mammoth elephants.
Europe's animals have had some irreversible extinctions including the cave bear, woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros and giant deer. Scientists have spent considerable time on re-wilding initiatives in Europe with plans to reinvigorate the megafauna populations. They have successfully reintroduced European bison (pictured right). In the Ice Age bison lived on open tundra, today they live in forest areas and during the First World War the numbers were decimated and through careful and selective breeding their numbers are roughly 3,000 today.
They have also successfully brought back the Musk Oxen into Scandinavia's regions.
Many Europeans know very little about the animals their ancient ancestors hunted and the following images can help in remedying this. The brown bear (pictured left), are found in North America, and Europe.
To the right are some examples of animals found in Europe both in the Ice Age and today.
Hairy Rhino (pictured right) Unfortunately this rhino is now extinct, though its skeletons are found occasionally.
Przewalski Wild Horse (right picture ) Is a rare wild horse originally found in central Asia and was brought to Europe. This horse looks identical to cave painting images of horses found in Europe.
Saiga Antelope/mongolian Saiga (Saiga tatarica) (bottom right picture): Used to roam all over Europe including the British Isles in large herds but sadly now is only found in Russia.
Tarpan: Repainting An Ancient Picture
The animals of Europe are very similar to, or the same as animals found in North America. Europe also has beaver, lynx, as well as a number of deer including reindeer, elk (known as a moose in USA and Canada), wolves, black and brown bears, bison, white swans, hares and rabbits, wolverines, stout and weasels.
Wolves in Chernobyl Dead Zone
Wolves and other wildlife are living in the 30km 'dead zone,' which still surrounds the remains of the reactor in the city of Chernobyl near Belarus. This video shows bison’s, wild horses, beavers, bears, lynx and wolves that were hunted by Europeans many centuries ago.
Bear hunting has long traditions in Scandinavia. It is a very thrilling hunt, but maybe not suitable for anyone. You've got to have guts!
Brownbear hunting and the Sami traditions and mythology
"Listen to your ancestors. Listen to tales from an age gone by - a long, long time ago as teh lengend goes there was a time when animals could talk, when they behaved like us. There was a time when even the plants and the stones had a voice, a time when plants and animals were our brothers and sisters. There was a time when we worshipped the bear... a creature that has always lived side by side with us"