Never underestimate the stupidity of the general public. Hunter mistook pet llama as deer, charged in killing Associated Press Dec. 17, 2004 08:15 AM MADISON, Wis. - A hunter faces two charges after shooting a llama that he mistook for a deer. John M. Burger was charged with trespassing and a misdemeanor count of mistreatment of animals after he killed a llama named Snicker Doodle Silk that was grazing on land owned by Susan and Kevin Kovacs. According to a criminal complaint, Burger was on land adjacent to the Kovacses' property when he shot the animal Nov. 9. Burger told a Dane County sheriff's deputy he was in a tree stand when he spotted an animal grazing about 60 yards north. Burger said he thought the animal was a deer, probably a doe, and he waited for it to raise its head. It did not and he shot at it. He then walked toward the animal and saw herds of llamas running around, realizing his mistake. Burger reported the accidental shooting to the Kovacs family and apologized. The trespassing charge carries a fine of up to $1,000 and the other count carries a fine of up to $10,000 and a nine-month jail term.