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Pack Llama Ban In Alaska - From "Pack Animal" magazine

From "Pack Animal" magazine Pack Llama Ban In Alaska Is the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) the first government agency in the United States to ban the pack llama based on the premise that they are a disease risk to wildlife? Having been actively involved when other government agencies have proposed similar bans (over the last 25 years), to the best of my knowledge BLM (Alaska’s Eastern Interior Resource Management Area) is the first to do so. Now that a precedent has been set, other BLM resource management areas in Alaska with wild sheep and goat habitat will likely soon follow with pack llama prohibitions. The danger that we now face is that other government agencies will soon follow BLM’s lead in a domino effect. Could BLM lands in the lower 48 states be next? Will some other government agency in Alaska or the lower 48 be next? BLM has successfully imposed the prohibition on pack llamas i

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What are llamas good for?

Llamas near Echo Bend heading home. Answer: Llamas Do Heavy Lifting for Chugach State Park Trail Crews About mid-August this summer, three of our llamas packed in about 150 lbs. of gear to assist Chugach State Park with trail maintenance on the Iditard Trail (AKA Crow Pass Trail). We started from the Eagle River Visitor Center and dropped the gear/equipment about Mile 5.5 around the Icicle Creek area. Equipment hauled by llamas included chain saws, fuel, hand tools, camping gear and food (above) . The gear/equipment was stored and locked in a strong (Knaak) box so that trail crews could access it when needed. Specifically a lower trail just beyond the Perch (Mile 4) is eroding into the river. A new trail has been re-routed above the Perch and will be improved by the trail crew. Crews will also be making trail improvements beyond Icicle Creek. And this answers (partially) another FAQ - What are llamas good for? Answer: They can carry lots of stuff. I like to think of them