Modern domesticated cows are now so far removed from their wild ancestors that they are considered an entirely different species, which has never existed in the wild. Not only that, but the breed of cattle from which cows are descended, the Aurochs, has been extinct since the early 17th century (the last one died in Poland in 1627). Though cattle in the wild were once very common, their populations today are incredibly sparse.
Current wild cattle populations include American Bison, Water Buffalo, and the African Buffalo, as well as a few others; but all except the African Buffalo are only present in small numbers. These are the closest wild relatives to today’s domestic cows.
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