Bear kills llama near Rifle |

Bear kills llama near Rifle

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” A black bear that killed a llama was “humanely” euthanized last week by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, DOW spokesman Randy Hampton said.

The attack occurred about five miles southwest of Rifle. The name of the ranch owner or the ranch were not released. Hampton said that these types of attacks happen more often than people know about.

“Agriculture damage by wildlife is a significant issue,” Hampton said.

Apparently, the bear attacked and killed the llama sometime aroundMay 9, Hampton said. The bear then returned to “collect” the llama carcass and that is when the wildlife officers took action.

“The bear approached the landowner and showed no fear toward the human presence,” Hampton said. “They could have shot the bear and dealt with it themselves, but because they had a working relationship with the DOW, they decided to let us take care of it.”

In some cases ranchers and farmers can be reimbursed for loss of livestock if it is used for agriculture purposes, Hampton said, but he did not know if this particular rancher fit into that category or not.

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