Vietnam province authorities want to shoot feral buffaloes that attack people

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Phan Doanh, a worker of a forestry company in Quang Tri, shows scars from injuries caused by the buffalos. Photo credit: Dan Tri Phan Doanh, a worker of a forestry company in Quang Tri, shows scars from injuries caused by the buffalos. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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Quang Tri Province authorities are considering putting down a herd of feral buffaloes that have attacked and injured several people in the forest recently.
The animals will be auctioned after being killed, according to the People’s Committee of the central province’s Cam Lo District.
A herd of about 7-8 buffaloes in a forest managed by Highway 9 Forestry Company have reportedly chased and attacked at least 10 people in the past few months.
One of the victims is Phan Doanh, 34, a worker of the company, who suffered serious injuries in his abdomen when attacked on May 9.
Doanh said he was attacked in a rubber plantation when he was on his way back to a nearby shack by motorbike.
“Four buffaloes chased after me. One of them butted me when I tried to climb up a tree. Luckily they left after tossing me into a bush.”
Provincial rangers said they are domesticated buffaloes that were let loose in the forest by their owner.
But no one has claimed ownership.

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