The North Bend Eagle


Steve and Amy have been raising llamas and alpacas for about a year.

Llama like lookers, looking

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/26/16

Llamas are curious animals. They like to watch the traffic on the road going by their pasture at the Steve and Amy Settles home. And they will come up to the fence to watch people stopping to look at them.

The Settleses have always had a few animals on their acreage just east of North Bend. Cows, cats, dogs, goldfish and now they have expanded to llamas and alpacas.

Llamas and alpacas have piqued their curiosity for a while. Grandson Jordan Settles found “Lazy Luke,” a 13-year old llama that the Settleses took in. But he didn’t last more than a year, dying from a heat stroke in July. Now the they were determined to have llamas. And Jordan, 10, found Randy Cipriano, who owns RTC Llama Ranch in Garland.

Encouraged by Jordan, the Settleses purchased a 5-month old llama, Jeronimo, in Nov. 2015. In Jan. 2016 they added another llama, Coyote, 5-months, and two alpacas: King, now 4 years, and Harvest, 5, to their herd. Being social animals, everyone is happy now.

The alpacas came from Sheri Jacoby of Ft. Calhoun. She and Cipriano have their hundreds of their specific animals. The Settleses are enjoying their own little herd.

“They are a calming animal,” Steve said, “and they are good for protection. They watch everything. If they see a coyote coming on, they will protect a herd. A lot of people are getting them for that reason.”

Llamas and alpacas are native to South America where they are used for pack animals, meat and wool. Llamas protect smaller animals using their front legs to kick the intruder. They are in the camelid family along with camels. Llamas can grow to 42 to 46 inches tall and weigh up to 400 pounds. The alpaca is a smaller animal, 34 to 36 inches tall and up to 175 pounds.


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