WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — People living near the Humming Valley Alpaca Farm in Washington Township are on edge after numerous coyote attacks in recent months.
Just this week, two baby alpacas were killed.READ MORE: All Baby Shower Shooting Victims Expected To Survive, Father-To-Be Named As Suspect
“They’re rather valuable animals. They’re very endearing animals,” said neighbor Gary Wehrle. “They’re very kind animals.”
Earlier this year, six peacocks were killed at a farm up the street. A seventh was attacked but survived. Also, family dog was attacked.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission confirmed that coyotes were responsible for the attacks, but the families didn’t need proof.
They caught a photo of a coyote on a game cam, found footprints in the woods and hear the chilling sounds each and every night.
It’s hooting and hollering, and just high-pitched screams; something like you’d hear out of a horror movie essentially,” Brett Stevenson, a neighbor, said.
Garrison Wehrle, 10, worries about his family’s pets. Especially the goats and lambs he raised all by himself.READ MORE: Paperless Ticketing Leads To Long Lines Outside Heinz Field Ahead Of Steelers Game
“My goats mean a lot to me, and if I lost them – they were $250 apiece, so – and I really love them,” said Garrison.
There are 28 alpacas living on the farm. They are gentle, beautiful and worth big bucks, between $5,000 and $150,000.
The alpacas killed this week were valued at $20,000 apiece.
That’s why a donkey was brought in to guard the alpacas, and a remaining baby alpaca was taken to another farm where it will be safe.
Now the family is issuing a warning to other residents living in the area with animals living outside.
“Just be aware that in this area there’s obviously a rash of coyotes, very aggressive coyotes, attacking pretty much anything they can get their hands on,” said Gary Wehrle. “So, just beware.”MORE NEWS: Longtime Fire Chief Kevin Peters Passes Away After Battle With Pancreatic Cancer