UPDATE: Mason County Man Purchases Roaming Water Buffalo

By: Jeremy Edwards; Rahel Solomon Email
By: Jeremy Edwards; Rahel Solomon Email

UPDATE 4/2/13 @ 1 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two water buffalo that roamed Jackson County for months, now have a home.

Sean Cullen of Letart purchased the water buffalo and her calf for $1,000 during an auction.

The buffalo were staying on a Mason County farm prior to the auction.

Officials say the water buffalo may have come from a game farm in the area that was closed last year.

UPDATE 3/26/13 @ 10:45 p.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A water buffalo and her calf that were found roaming around Jackson County earlier this year could soon go on the auction block.

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture says if this happens, both animals will be sold to the highest bidders.

Officials believe the buffaloes came from a local game farm that was closed last year.

Since their capture last month, they have been staying on a farm in Mason County, W.Va.

UPDATE 1/22/13 @ 11:40 a.m.
JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors dealing with wild exotic animals on their property in Jackson County, W.Va. are getting some help.

A worker with the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is spending Tuesday along Donahue Road near Evans looking for several water buffalo and feral hogs that have been roaming the area since October.

The animals will be held in temporary stables until permanent homes can be found for them.

Until then, the Department of Agriculture will make sure they receive proper care.

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Some residents in Jackson County want some unwelcome company out of their neighborhood. Those who live along Donohue Road say a water buffalo and feral hogs have been roaming in Evans since October.

Neighbors say they've been asking for help from the Division of Natural Resources and the Department of Agriculture, but the wild animals are still roaming.

"We are in the preliminary stages of investigating the situation," WVDA Communications Officer Buddy Davidson said. "We are looking into questions regarding legal jurisdiction and ownership of the animals in this particular case and what response options might be feasible."

Evans resident Mildred McIntyre's, 93, said she normally has to chase the water buffalo out of her yard.

"I have a lot of acres for them to roam on," McIntyre said. "I just don't want him in my yard. I'd like for him to find a good home."

The animals are believed to be from a safari club that has since closed. The club was used for hunting and had a petting zoo.

One of the roaming water buffalo appears to be between 1,500 to 1,800 pounds.

Neighbors tell WSAZ.com they do not want the animals killed but would like them moved to a safer confined area.

Davidson said the WVDA will likely have more information on who's responsible for the wild animals on Tuesday.

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