Llama-killing bear put down in Frederick County

 MYERSVILLE — A 200-pound male black bear that killed a 300-pound llama in the Myersville area on Sunday was captured and killed by a Maryland Wildlife & Heritage Service crew on Monday evening.

The llama was the only animal in a fenced enclosure on Gambrill Park Road, according to Harry Spiker, the agency's black bear project leader.

"Our representative was getting to the trap to check it Monday evening when he actually heard the door of the trap slam shut," Spiker said. Portions of the llama had been eaten and the bear had cached or covered the llama.

"When we saw that we expected the bear would return so we set the trap on Monday morning," Spiker said. 

Spiker said the bear was thin and that a necropsy showed it was heavily infested with roundworms. "It could be that the condition played a role in the bear's behavior," Spiker said.

The bear bore no ear tags or collar and had not been implanted with a micro-chip. "We had no history for this bear. It was a new one," Spiker said.

During the past two months, bears in Frederick County have killed chickens and other domestic birds. One of those bears was shot and killed by a landowner.

Michael A. Sawyers is outdoor editor and reporter at the Cumberland Times-News. Follow him on Twitter @CTNMikeSawyers

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