Wisent hunt on a 1971 postage stamp from Hungary.
It began to die out about a hundred years earlier than its very close cousin, the Caucasian wisent, probably because it lived nearer to Central Europe. The last Carpathian wisent was shot in Transylvania in 1790, and the subspecies is now entirely extinct.
The Carpathian Wisent resembled the European Bison in that its coat was dense and dark brown to golden brown in color. The neck was short, maned, and thick, topped by a shoulder hump. The head is carried relatively high. The horns, found in both male and female, projected outwards and upwards and slightly forwards.