Dogs attacking Lantau water buffalo

In recent days, LBA have noted further attacks on the buffalos in the Pui O wetland by 5 large aggressive dogs.

The attacks have happened 3 times already. We need help spotting these 5 dogs and we especially need photo evidence and willing witnesses to help our invesigation.

If you see anything, please let us know via the LBA hotline (+852) 8103 6312

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Buffalo Incident on Silvermine Beach, Lantau

LBA was deeply concerned to hear of the terrible incident on Silvermine Beach, Mui Wo Saturday night, March 26, when a member of the public was seriously injured by a male water buffalo. Our thoughts and best wishes are with him and his family for a speedy recovery. We would also like to express gratitude to Mui Wo resident Paul Melsom for his courageous intervention with vital First Aid.

It is highly unusual for water buffalo to attack humans and we are trying to find out what may have caused this individual buffalo to behave this way. We are investigating urgently and talking to vets, SPCA, AFCD and the police.

Since the mass cull of the Mui Wo buffalo herd in early 2007, a small group of just four or five male buffalo has survived in the Mui Wo area. There are no females, therefore no breeding has taken place. This means that there is no normal herd social structure. Nevertheless, there is no history of aggression in this group up to now, though it is reported that a new male has joined recently, which may have disrupted any emerging hierarchy.

Major drainage works and other construction activity in the area have also greatly disturbed their habitat in the last couple of years, causing them to roam far away from the inner wetland areas.

Mui Wo beach has been very busy with visitors recently, more and more of whom reportedly like to engage the animals.However, repeated attention from large numbers of people may cause them to panic. Another theory is that the animal in question may have been alarmed by a flash from a camera in the twilight.  Further, the engineering works on the beach have reduced the open space by about 50%, making it a very crowded area. We would be grateful for additional information from anyone who witnessed the incident and can shed any further light on what happened.

LBA is currently undertaking a herd management programme in conjunction with SPCA and AFCD, desexing male bovines across Lantau, to humanely reduce breeding and testosterone, with the aim of reducing minimising potential for bovine/human conflict. All male cattle in Mui Wo for example have been desexed.

WE WILL NOW FOCUS ON THIS GROUP OF WATER BUFFALO IN MUI WO AND INTIATE AN URGENT PLAN OF ACTION.

LBA WILL ALSO PUT UP WARNING NOTICES FOR VISITORS.

PLEASE ALSO WARN OFF ANY VISITORS SEEN APPROACHING ANIMALS. HOWEVER WELL MEANING, THEY RISK SPOOKING THEM.

PLEASE TAKE GREAT CARE  AROUND THE BUFFALO AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO LIKEWISE.

Lantau Buffalo Association

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Photo & Video Special Ops

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Hangin' with my chicks ©LBA 2011

LBA needs all your pictures, videos of cattle,  buffalo, beauty shots of Lantau for a short film and a collection of educational slide  shows depicting the life and plight of these gentle creatures.

While farming has all but died out in Hong Kong,  these animals are as much a part of the landscape as the hills and marshlands  of Lantau.

Help us preserve these herds and put  your DSLR and video cam skills to good use.

The short film will be broadcast on our website  and the slideshows will be free for distribution throughtout the schools of  Hong Kong.

Contact us through our website here  and please follow  us on Twitter here

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Lantau Island, 1950

Tai O, Po Lin Shi Monastry

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Many of the trails are recognisable to most hikers today. Amazing to see people using them to transport goods to markets on foot back then.

Sadly many of the tranquil, tight knit villages, the rice terraces, the free roaming cattle are gone but we still have a limited herd of buffalo and cows roaming the island. Such gentle creatures. And if you get here early enough in the morning you’ll still see a few village farmers carrying vegetables and fruit from their gardens to market.

Beautiful Lantau.

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New Lantau Buffalo Photos

Visit Lantau Water Buffalo Association on our Facebook page for new photos

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Water Buffalo With Jobs

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Road Speed vs Cattle – AFCD Meeting Nov 2

There is to be a meeting at AFCD  next Monday, Nov 2, in the Government Cheung Sha Wan Offices afternoon to  discuss “Road safety issues in relation to stray cattle on the South  Lantau Road”.

Apparently this question came up in a session of the Traffic  and Transport Committee of the Islands District Council on 28 September.

LIM, LBA, GLA  and others will be attending, so will the members of the TTC. We are concerned that there may be a push for the  removal of some or all the cattle, rather than focusing on the issue of  speeding which, as we all know, is the real problem.

We would be  grateful if you could circulate this info to everyone in the Cheung  Sha /  Tong Fuk / Shiu Hau area who might be interested.

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