She said she's tried to get local law enforcement officials to track down the animals, but there has been uncertainty over who should handle the case.
"I can't get anyone to do anything about this animal," Bowles said of the water buffalo.
She said she doesn't want someone to kill the one that wanders near her aunt's house. She just wants someone to relocate it to a better habitat.
"It's like nobody really has any jurisdiction over this," Bowles said.
The state Division of Natural Resources regulates native West Virginia wildlife, but this one isn't quite native.
"The water buffalo is not an animal that the DNR has authority over," spokesman Hoy Murphy said.
Since the water buffalo is a bovine species, Murphy said the state Department of Agriculture would have jurisdiction.
"If there was some concern about public safety, then we would get involved," he said. "But at this point, it would fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture."
Agriculture department spokesman Buddy Davidson did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.
West Virginia lawmakers considered a bill designed to regulate the ownership, possession and sale of non-native and exotic animals last year, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the bill on concerns it was overly broad.
For now, Bowles said she just hopes someone can get the water buffalo from paying any more visits to her aunt.
"This kind of thing should not happen," Bowles said. "I am really upset, because it seems impossible to get anyone to do anything about it."
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