Friday, February 11, 2011

Mystery Predator Attacks, Kills Alpacas in Jefferson County

Posted By on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 3:32 PM

click to enlarge Some wild animal has a taste for alpacas.
  • Some wild animal has a taste for alpacas.
Two alpacas are dead after being attacked by one or multiple unknown animals outside of Hillsboro last night.

Ron Arnhart with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department tells Daily RFT that the mystery predator(s) attacked the hindquarters, head and neck of the alpacas. One was found dead on the scene around 6 a.m. today in the 9900 block of Sandy Church Road. The other died this afternoon at the veterinarian.

Arnhart describes the face of one of the alpacas as being so mangled that he couldn't tell if it had been eaten or just attacked. An official with the Missouri Department of Conservation took paw prints from the scene but hasn't yet determined what kind of beast attacked the alpacas.

"The prints were in the snow, so they were pretty distorted," says Arnhart. "The conservation official agent didn't speculate on what it might have been."

Last summer a pack of wild pit bulls were blamed for killing a horse and attacked other equines in Lonedell, Missouri, about 15 miles northwest of Hillsboro.

Meanwhile, two mountain lions have been killed in Missouri already this year and another caught on camera in Chesterfield. That said, the Missouri Department of Conservation has no evidence of mountain lions attacking Missouri livestock since a cougar was first seen in the state in 1994 following a 60-plus year absence. 

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