Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Alpacas Attacked by Canine, Not Mountain Lion

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 3:05 PM

click to enlarge Authorities have narrowed their suspects to a dog in an alpaca wool sweater.
  • Authorities have narrowed their suspects to a dog in an alpaca wool sweater.
We know you've all been waiting with bated breath to discover what wild beast killed those two alpacas earlier this month in Jefferson County.

So have we! That's why Daily RFT just got off the blower with the Missouri Department Conservation to discuss their investigation. The verdict?

A dog or multiple dogs attacked the animals. "The paw prints had exposed claws, suggests a canine or multiple canines," says conservation spokesman Dan Zarlenga.

Although several mountain lions have been sighted in the state in recent weeks, Zarlenga says a cat was an unlikely culprit in the killing of the alpacas in Hillsboro on February 11.

"The way those animals were mauled is typical of a canine," says Zarlenga. "A big cat would snap the animals neck and be done with it."

As Daily RFT noted in its early coverage, a pack of wild pit bulls was blamed last summer for killing a horse and attacking other equines in Lonedell, Missouri, about 15 miles northwest of Hillsboro.

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