Alpacas Attacked by Canine, Not Mountain Lion
|Authorities have narrowed their suspects to a dog in an alpaca wool sweater.|
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.