In Weld County, low-cost guard llamas lookout for livestock

<p>(Photo: Courtesy Flickr user&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Ranchita Vida</a>/Creative Commons)</p>
<p>A llama in northern Colorado.</p>
Photo: Northern Colorado llama
A llama in northern Colorado.

A couple of years ago, Hasbrouck began to employ guard llamas to cut down on the number of sheep he lost each year. It worked, the Greeley Tribune reports.

What they do is put themselves in between the problem and whatever they’re guarding,” he said. “They make a kind of nasty sound that’s supposed to scare a predator away.”

They also spit at and will use their hooves to kick and injure predators.

Llamas are often used to guard sheep and other commonly preyed-upon livestock because of their natural instinct to nurture. They are specifically useful as deterrents to coyotes because they have no fear of dogs, Hasbrouck said.

Ranchers elsewhere use llamas as livestock guardians, like this one from northern Minnesota: