The Mayes County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting of two llamas, found dead Sunday in a pasture between Locust Grove and Rose. Deputies are unsure if the shooting was intentional or could have been a case of mistaken identity. The two llamas closely resemble the markings of a deer, and this week was the opening weekend of deer rifle season.
“Usually if an animal gets accidentally shot, someone will try to get in touch with the property owner, we've had that happen before when it's an accidental shooting, and that's where it's a little strange right now,” said Captain Rod Howell, with the Mayes County Sheriff’s Office. “I would think that someone would be able to distinguish between a deer and a llama, but during the first weeks of deer rifle season, this kind of thing does happen”
Two female llamas were shot, and Howell said it appeared they were dragged 75 yards, over a fence, to a neighboring property. “There's nothing to indicate this is a malicious act, but with the animals being shot in one place and taken to another, it makes you take pause,” he said.
The Sheriff's office has reports of shots heard at dusk, and later, and they're asking anyone with information on this shooting to call them at 918-825-3535.