TALLAHASSEE — When Scooter the llama busted out of his penned-in yard in Tallahassee, it took six county sheriff's deputies and an electric weapon to get him back in again.
The 6-foot-tall, 7-year-old llama outran the authorities in Tallahassee for a while, even leaping over a 4-foot fence to avoid capture, Leon County Lt. Tony Drzewiecki said Sunday.
"Scooter was running in the middle of the road, so he was going to cause an accident eventually," Drzewiecki said.
Scooter's owner, Jack Conrad, discovered him missing sometime Friday night and searched for him until the early morning hours of Saturday, Drzewiecki said.
Authorities also heard from concerned residents. One reported a camel on the loose; another claimed to have spied an alpaca trotting by.
Police cornered the furry fugitive Saturday morning. After putting a lasso around its neck, it took six deputies to place the roughly 300-pound Scooter into a trailer. Drzewiecki said they used an electric weapon to subdue the animal because llamas don't respond to voice commands.
Conrad, who also owns three other llamas, will not be cited, but has agreed to beef up his fence line, Drzewiecki said. Conrad could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Llamas are considered a domestic species and do not require a permit, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.