Agriculture census finds that llamas are disappearing. What happened?

The llama population in the United States appears to be disappearing, as an agriculture census released last week found that the pack animals’ numbers in the country have decreased dramatically.

There were nearly 145,000 llamas in the United States in 2002. By 2017, however, there were fewer than 40,000, according to the 2017 Census of Agriculture, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture publishes every five years.

The decline likely came as the llama market — once an industry that included high-rolling celebrities and athletes — quietly crashed, llama farmers, auctioneers and experts told NBC News. more at

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