Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 3rd, 2009
Well, something strange was recently being seen near a mystic and Masonic mountain famed for its Bigfoot crossing signs, and it was not a Sasquatch.
A llama, during the last month, was reported to be loose near the summit of Colorado’s Pikes Peak, and a rescue group said it was probably a domesticated escapee that has little chance of surviving in the wild.
In this Sept. 20, 2009 photo provided by Southwest Llama Rescue, a llama walks near the cog railway tracks near the summit of Pikes Peak near Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The llama was first reported about a month ago and has been ranging between the 13,000-foot level and the 14,110-foot summit. It has ventured to within 30 feet of a cog railway that runs to the top.
Southwest Llama Rescue is coordinating efforts to capture the llama before it falls prey to mountain lions, coyotes or the coming winter.
L’illette Vasquez, Colorado coordinator for the group, says llamas are domesticated livestock and don’t have the instincts to survive in the wild.
Neither Vasquez nor Pike National Forest officials know how it got there. They say no one has reported a missing llama.
Then late on Friday afternoon the young male llama was captured.
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