Americana: Great Expectorations

When the Government banned the use of poison traps eight years ago, Wyoming Wool Grower John Lye began losing about 10% of his sheep to coyotes. When he tried shooting them, they started attacking at night. Says Lye: "They have an uncanny instinct for trouble." Then he hit upon an exotic ploy. Lye got three llamas, those feisty beasts with keen eyesight, fearsome spit, a mean kick—and a passable resemblance to sheep. At first the coyotes were buffaloed. Every time they came down for a hit the llamas would spit, then stomp and slash with their front hooves. "For two...

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