How did Asian water buffalo show up on a Georgia trail camera?
Georgia Outdoor News typically receives 1000s of trail camera pictures each year from people who get bizarre pictures on them. This, however, is a first.
The owner of a trail camera that captured Asian water buffalo in east Georgia doesn’t know where they came from. No one seems to know. Authorities are knocking on doors seeking information, because nobody has seen the herd of Asian water buffalo before.
How did they get there?
The answer to that question remains a mystery.
Brad Catron of Gainesville sent in pictures of Asian water buffalo roaming his hunting property in Wilkes County.
“At first I thought they were wild cows, but something about their horns show that they weren’t smooth, and wild cows’ horns are smooth, so I went on Google and did some research. That’s when it looked pretty apparent that they were Asian water buffalo, and I have no idea where they came from,” said Brad.
The Georgia DNR agreed that the pictures do depict water buffalo.
Who the buffalo belong to is still a mystery and Georgia DNR is still looking into who the owners might be.
After Brad did some background research he discovered that these animals “appear to be wild and are hiding out amongst the bamboo cane thickets of a Georgia swamp.”
So what’s the verdict? Do we now have another invasive species on our hands here in the states? What will be the side effects of having such a large wild animal in the South? I guess only time will tell.