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Buffalo return home

The buffalo are no longer on the lam.

An errant cow and her 1-year-old calf, missing since Oct. 3, returned to their owner’s property some time during the night Tuesday.

“The storm must have brought them home,” said Nevada County Animal Control Officer Shirley Falls. “Gary (Dugger) left the gate open and this morning, they were there.”

The two buffaloes escaped from their enclosure on Dog Bar Road a few weeks after the cow’s mate died. They were spotted on several occasions near a pond on Buck Ridge Road, but efforts to capture them had proved fruitless.

“They had a good time,” Falls said. “They had their walkabout.”

Dugger, their owner, had become concerned with liability issues and was contemplating hiring a tracker to hunt them down. But neighbor Kathy Labelle, who said she had been helping to care for the animals for the last four and a half months, had not given up on mama Napini and baby Minko.

“I’ve found a buffalo ranch that called me and told me they would take them,” Labelle said Wednesday morning. It was not clear whether Dugger would surrender the animals.

For more on the story, read Thursday’s edition of The Union.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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