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Do Llamas Attract Bears?

Posting due to bear mauling in Eagle River A brown bear killed a hiker in Eagle River. A man searching for him was mauled.

When walking or hiking with llamas I'm often asked "Do llamas attract bears?" Bears have been known to attack llamas but my experience has been that llamas don't attract bears anymore than any other pack stock or pets. Afraid of bears? There are far more dangerous things in the Alaska outdoors

In fact the llama's "alarm call" may act as a good deterrent for bears. Llamas are instinctively alert and aware of their surroundings, and usually draw attention to an intruder by making a startling "alarm call" when it senses danger. A llama is usually aware of a bear long before we can see or hear it and will let off their "alarm call" when the unwanted intruder is around. Click on the hyperlink to hear what a llama alarm call sounds like - Llama Alarm Call

However, I would not recommend leaving llamas tied out unat…

ADF&G Response Concerning Pack Llamas in Alaska

The  Alaska Department of Fish and Game's (ADFG) June 11, 2018 letter states that ADFG "has no intentions to promote or support limiting the use of South American camelids on public land in the state of Alaska." The ADFG letter is in response to a May 3, 2018 letter by the Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca Association (on behalf of the North American llama industry) seeking clarification of ADFG's role regarding the recently published "Risk Assessment on the Use of South American Camelids for Back Country Trekking in British Columbia" (RA).

This is very good news in light of concerns of disease (most recently M.ovi) potentially being transmitted from domestic animals to wild animal populations. See ADFG Press Release for the latest - Alaska Caribou Death - ADF&G Press Release 

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Treat for the Trail

Banana Bread - A healthy snack for the trail that provides lots of good energy for the hike. Ingredients:1 C brown sugar
½ C butter, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ C mashed ripe bananas (2 or 3 medium bananas)
½ C buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
2 C unbleached flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C Grape Nuts cereal
¼ - ½ cup Jam (Cherry, Strawberry or Rubbard)
3/4 cup of dried cranberries (Optional)
½ cup of chopped walnuts (Optional)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease bottom only of two loaf pans (8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches).
Mix butter and sugar in large bowl. Stir in eggs until well blended.
Add bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in remaining ingredients (except cereal) just until moistened.
Stir in cereal. Pour/spoon into pans.
Bake about 1 hour or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool 5 minutes, loosen sides of loaves from pans, remove from pans.
Cool completely, wrap in foil and freeze.

Makes two loaves that taste great with honey or butter. Gives l…