BECKY WEED: The Best Coyote Defense Since the Road Runner

BECKY WEED

Becky Weed rarely lays eyes on a coyote as she goes about tending her sheep on Thirteen Mile Farm outside Belgrade, Mont. But at night in her 135-year-old house on the edge of the spread, she can clearly hear the yips and howls of the scruffy predators echoing across the meadows. Were it not for an unusual four-legged critter of her own, the coyotes would have a field day devouring her 240 ewes and lambs.

The protector of Weed's sheep is a six-year-old llama named Cyrus, an animal best known for its thick, shaggy coat and its agility on narrow alpine...

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