According to the Arizona Game & Fish Department, Javelina originated in South America but have migrated north and have made Arizona their home recently.
A 29-year-old woman encountered one of the creatures while she was walking her dog in the Catalina Foothills near Tucson, Arizona. The woman was attacked during the night and was injured.
The Arizona Game & Fish Department reported on Twitter that the woman was treated at Northwest Hospital and suffered a six-inch gash to her leg. The said that she has given rabies shots as a precaution.
Javelina are known to be aggressive and attack when they’re cornered or when they encounter dogs. Dogs and coyotes are known to be natural predators of javelina and even kill each other according to the Arizona Game & Fish Department. So if you see one, do not hesitate to walk on the other side of the road to avoid confrontation.
Javelina attacks have happened several times in Arizona. In 2018, at least three attacks were reported in less than a year in Southern Arizona, among which was an attack against a dog and his owner in Oro Valley. The attack in Oro Valley led to a warning being issued by the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
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