Monday, April 15, 2019

Attention all llama and alpaca owners, supporters and friends--

This is a window of opportunity for public comment that will help the llama/alpaca industry. Please make the following comment to BLM (verbatim is suggested) anytime between now and the close of the open BLM public comment period on June 13th, 2019. While your comment pertains to only one BLM jurisdiction in Alaska, it is important to curtail potential damage to the alpaca/llama industry in all 50 states. BLM’s identification of llamas and alpacas as a health risk to wild sheep is unscientifically founded and invites public prejudice against alpacas/llamas. BLM’s position on this issue is not shared by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game who manages the wildlife resources in this BLM jurisdiction. Your comment will point out to BLM that they are inconsistent with ADF&G. Please help curtail the “domino effect” of inappropriate rule-making in Alaska that could spread to other public land jurisdictions throughout the United States.

"I request that BLM remove the word “alpacas” and the word “llamas” from 2.7.5 Wildlife #3 (on page 2-25). Rationale: Alpacas and llamas (camelids) are not “similar species” because they reside in very different taxonomic classifications as compared to goats and sheep. Furthermore, there is no scientific evidence that alpacas and llamas pose a health risk to wild sheep. Per a letter from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to the Greater Appalachian Llama and Alpaca Association dated June 11, 2018, ADF&G states “we have no intentions to promote or support limiting the use of South American camelids on public land in the State of Alaska” and ADF&G “has no plans to change or focus our disease surveillance efforts related to camelids.” For more information and to see a copy of the ADF&G letter go to www.packllamas.org"
We recommend that you choose one of the following methods to make your comment.
1) Email comments to BSWI_RMP_COMMENT@blm.gov
2) Fax comments to 907-267-1267
3) Mail comments to: BLM Anchorage Field Office, Attention—BSWI RMP, 4700 BLM Road, Anchorage, AK 99507.

For the original post, go to the Greater Appalachian Llamas and Alpaca (GALA) Facebook page -