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Hope they are not after your beer big d


Rogue buffalos run amok
By Karen Michelmore
11may05

ROGUE buffaloes are running amok in an outback Northern Territory town.







Nhulunbuy the NT's fourth largest town, on the north-eastern tip of Arnhem Land is battling an apparent influx of the beasts, which are causing traffic accidents and charging at locals as they roam around.
Police and rangers will hunt down some of the more temperamental animals in scrub near the town's lagoon tonight.

"We'll see if we can find some of the ones that have been giving people a bit of grief," Parks and Wildlife ranger Phil Wise said.

Police said nine men were slightly injured after their bus struck a buffalo crossing the road on Monday night.

Police sergeant Charles Rue said a 64-year-old man remained in hospital with a dislocated hip after the crash, which caused extensive damage to the bus.

The bull disappeared into the surrounding scrub, he said.

"Most of them aren't a problem, they just do their own thing," Sergeant Rue said.

"It's when they come into town that there's a problem."

He said it was unclear how many buffaloes were hanging around the town, although there had been four spotted in the area where the bus crashed on Monday.

It is believed the animals were being driven to the town's lagoon in search of water, at the beginning of the tropics' dry season.

Buffaloes have also been blamed for two other traffic accidents in recent weeks, and a near attack on a family at an outstation camp on the weekend.

The angry old bull charged at the group, before running off into the bush.

Environmentalists said the recent chaos simply highlighted the massive feral animal problem in the NT, with more money needed to cut feral numbers.

NT Environment Centre coordinator Peter Robertson said there were more than 40,000 buffalo roaming around Arnhem Land along with 80,000 feral camels, a million feral pigs, 250,000 horses, and thousands of feral donkeys and goats across the NT.

"In concert with all the other feral animals, they are a major problem," Mr Robertson said.

"There are so many feral animals across the NT, it's mind-boggling the impact they are having."

Local ranger Mr Wise said the buffaloes usually walked through town at night.

Any buffaloes caught tonight will be shot, and the meat fed to crocodiles at a local farm.

"When it becomes a safety issue, when people are being put in hospital because their car has hit a buffalo, or people are chased on a walking track, we need to get them out of there," he said.
 

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yep there has been a few buffalos around town of late.when it gets into the dry season they tend to wander into town as the green lawns are a good source of feed and water.
have had only one encounter coming home at night on the bike with a road wandering buffalo and it was a miss.luckily.
at night they are hard to see except for there eyes if your lights pick them up.

my beer is safe johnno providing they dont smash open the beer fridges in the carport.

cheers
big d
 

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big d said:
have had only one encounter coming home at night on the bike with a road wandering buffalo and it was a miss.luckily.

my beer is safe johnno providing they dont smash open the beer fridges in the carport
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I met that same buffalo in a passed life big D,

Yes it was Miss Luckily, :lol: :lol:

and she got thirsty after the first carton ran out and ran amock and smashed open the locked beerfridge in a rage of thirst and lust.
I would post a pic but the moderators hate that kind of stuff. :ph34r:

Cheers
 

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