Grazier in Somerset region up for large buffalo bill

BUFFALO BILL: The owner of these 11 buffaloes at Coominya pound may find it cheaper to buy them at auction tomorrow than pay Somerset Council fees for holding the animals.
BUFFALO BILL: The owner of these 11 buffaloes at Coominya pound may find it cheaper to buy them at auction tomorrow than pay Somerset Council fees for holding the animals.

THIS is no bull - A large herd of buffalo could be yours if you fancy your chances at an auction in Coominya tomorrow.

Somerset Regional Council's animal pound in Coominya is currently home to the larger than usual beasts and the owner has until tomorrow to collect his livestock.

Mayor Graham Lehmann explained the situation to ABC radio this morning.

"We've got 11 black buffaloes impounded that have been wreaking havoc around that community since the 2011 flood," Cr Lehmann said.

"They have been roaming around damaging crops and someone has finally been able to get them into a yard."

Cr Lehmann said they had tried contacting the owner who was well aware the buffaloes have been impounded.

"The owner brought them into the region think he might be able to breed up some buffalo and make a dollar out of it," he said.

That owner now has 24 hours to pay at least $5000 in council charges or else risk losing them at an auction tomorrow.

Cr Lehmann said some people have contacted council interested in buying the buffalo.

"So I'm hoping the auction will help us recover some costs," he said.

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