Tucson, AZ (KGUN) – It’s a common sight around southern Arizona: Javelinas are wild herd animals and come together to defend their territories and protect each other from predators.
The Arizona Department of Fish and Game says the rule of thumb for living amongst Sonoran desert wildlife like Javelina is to never feed them.
The majority of problems that occur between humans and javelina are a result of the animals losing their fear of people and populated areas, which is almost guaranteed when humans are associated as a food source. Illegal feeding should be reported to the AZGFD at (800) 352-0700.
Javelina It can seriously injure peoplesays the AZGFD, as a result of certain defensive behaviors such as “charging, crackling teeth, barking, or roaring.”
In addition to the danger of injury, the danger is also very real for the spears themselves: in some cases, they can begin to pose threats to the neighborhood, which leads to the need for euthanasia of aggressive individuals.
Encounters with pet dogs are the second most common trigger for aggressive Javelina encounters.
Javelina and humans are rare struggles. Mark Hart of AZGFD Tucson said:. “But when there’s a dog involved, that’s where it gets too risky … Puncture wounds from their canines can cause some pretty severe injuries.”
Wolves are natural spear predators, and close encounters with dogs can lead to defensive behaviour, creating a dangerous situation for all involved.
Two separate people were attacked over the Labor Day weekend while walking the dogs. anyway The AZGFD believes that these attacks may have been the result of illegal feedingHowever, the department says it’s still best to go in a different direction if you encounter any javelins while out with your dog.
Loud noises or spraying diluted vinegar or ammonia in the direction of the shaft can be an effective deterrent, According to the AZGFDBecause the smell causes nasal irritation. These liquids should never be sprayed directly on the animals themselves, and such sprays should not be used around any wetland as they may be toxic to fish and amphibians.
It is a common misconception that the spear is a type of wild boar. They are actually members of the bovine family, originating from South America.
According to the Arizona Department of Game and Fish, javelina is typically spread throughout the southern part of Arizona, as well as the hinterland around Phoenix. It can sometimes be seen as far north as Flagstaff.
They prefer to travel in areas of washing and dense vegetation and are most active at night, although they are sometimes seen in daylight hours as well.
The AZGFD says removal is usually a last resort, and residents of southern Arizona should use precautionary measures to keep Javelina out of populated areas:
- Feed the pet indoors. If you feed pets in your garden, be sure to remove any food that has not been eaten, as well as pick up fruits and nuts that have fallen to the ground
- Keep water sources behind the fence or above the reach of the Javelina
- Secure trash and compost bins, and clean bins with bleach to reduce odors
It is illegal to injure or kill javelina outside Fishing is permitted in scattered fishing areas. It is also illegal to spear catching.
For more tips on living with Javelina, Visit the AZGFD website.
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