Llamas in the U.S. are disappearing

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Like llamas?

Unfortunately, there’s now fewer of them to love.

The US llama population is on the decline.

This according to a newly released census from the Department of Agriculture.

There were close to 150,000 llamas in the country back in 2002.

Fast forward to 2017 and there are now fewer than 40,000.

Experts say the shocking decrease comes as the llama industry dwindles adding people are not seeing the value in the animals like they used to.

This is leading farmers to breed them less often.

Officials also say as winters across the country get warmer, the llamas face threats of parasites. A problem goat and sheep herders are also trying to overcome. 

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