The following  suggestions  have been provided to be used as a guideline to help in the
capture and rescue of an escaped or abandoned llama.  Information shared by 
veterinarians, trainers and caring llama breeders. 

In the case of a truly berserk llama extreme caution should be taken 
  Berserk Llama  by John Mallon

Planning is the key to success!

Capture Concerns: 
You get a call of a llama running loose. 
(sometimes people don't know what the animal is, if they hae not seen llamas before)

Questions to ask:

Address the immediate danger to the animal:

Let's Think About:


Llamas are curious and will approach to see if you have food
Shake a grain bucket and offer the feed - DON'T GRAB at the llama

Try to get the llama to follow to a small area or V-shaped area that you can close off with a herding rope, garden hose or something you can stretch across a small area

If the llama has ever been handled - in most cases once they see they are confined and you can get a hand on the back or neck area you can put your arm around the neck and get a rope type halter, or halter on the animal - A lead rope around the top of the neck can  be used to move the llama for a short distance.

When using a herding rope - it is most effective at the CHEST level of the llama. They will try to jump or duck down so keep moving the rope to touch the chest. 


Contact a local llama breeder, llama association for help in finding the llamas owner. A contact list has been provided in your packet.


Please duplicate any of the information in your packet for distribution by your facility in the effort to educate others about the special needs in capturing llamas. If you have any questions or concerns we did not cover please contact us.

Tom and Judy Ross
Good News Llamas
Chesapeake, Ohio 45619
740-867-4267 home
304-696-7310 work