Collision renews calls to relocate cattle herds
A hit-and-run traffic accident in Sai Kung early yesterday that left three cattle dead and one missing has led to renewed calls for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department to speed up its relocation of stray cattle into country parks.
The four cattle were knocked down by a vehicle thought to have been a truck that was heading towards Sai Kung town on Tai Mong Tsai Road near Tsam Chuk Wan shortly before 1am.
One adult beast was found dead at the scene of the collision and an injured one is through to have fled.
Two calves with serious head injuries and broken bones were taken away by conservation officers at about 4 am and later put down by veterinary officers.
The vehicle and driver left the scene before police arrived.
Tyre marks were found on the road but it could not be determined if the vehicle had been speeding.
The herd, frequently seen in Tsam Chuk Wan, was thought to be part of a group of about 230 cattle scattered in areas around Sai Kung, such as Sha Kok Mei and Sai Sha.
Describing it as the 'worst ever' collision involving cattle in the area, Guy Shirra, chairman of Friends of Sai Kung, said he was furious over the accident and he would visit local garages to look for what he expected would be a badly damaged vehicle.
'Most of us love the cattle but they belong elsewhere,' Shirra said, adding that the area's new residents did not always welcome cattle in their midst.
For safety's sake the cattle should be moved away from roads as soon as possible, he said
An AFCD spokeswoman said that, with the help of the SPCA and Sai Kung Buffalo Watch, 42 cattle had been moved to country parks this year and that this work would continue. Volunteers had also been helping to herd the animals away from roads and that de-sexing operations were continuing, to suppress population growth.