Last September, at the tail end of a long summer, I had the opportunity to take part in a guided visit to the Oostvaardersplassen, a 6,000-hectare nature reserve to the east of Amsterdam. What made this opportunity unique is that nature is largely left to its own devices at the Oostvaardersplassen. Although the area is owned and managed by the Dutch State Forestry Commission, the site is closed off to the public, and the large herbivores that live there—red deer, Heck cattle, and konik horses—are considered wild animals.
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