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Police Still Searching for Llama Killer

Posted on Dec 8, 2009 - 7:43 AM
Police Still Searching for Llama Killer
Grand Isle, Vermont - December 7, 2009

Authorities are following leads hoping to find the hunter who shot and killed a family's llama in Grand Isle this weekend.

Investigators say five witnesses have described the deer hunter who shot Buddy the llama Saturday morning and then ran away. The 10-year-old llama had been a popular resident on the Wyckoff family farm with children and tourists.

Investigators say they are following strong leads, while many in Vermont's hunting community are angry with whoever shot Buddy.

"One of the cardinal rules of hunting is proper identification of your target. This hunter made a terrible mistake and compounded his mistake by not taking responsibility for it. So I would think every sportsman hopes he gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We have these laws in place as a deterrent to people being trigger-happy," said Steve McLeod of the Vermont Traditions Coalition.

Court records show a Hinesburg deer hunter was charged felony animal cruelty three years ago after he shot and killed a horse in Richmond. But prosecutors later reduced the charge because the hunter stayed with the dead animal until the owner arrived, admitted his mistake and paid restitution.

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