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Old 01-26-2018, 05:10 AM   #1
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Those traveling south to Arizona area and camping

someone posted on another forum to be careful of Javelina's, a pig type animal that may hurt humans as well as their dogs, they travel in packs and have horns. See here for pictures and info on this Arizona animal.....
Arizona Javelina | Behavior, Habitat and Characteristics
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Good luck trying to see them. We've spent last winter searching for them while hiking, if you don't count the desert museum, we saw a total of 1. Lots of tracks everywhere though.
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Old 01-26-2018, 06:57 AM   #3
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We see them almost every evening in our neighborhood. Live and let live.
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Little pigs

This old Iowa Boy does not fear a pack of little pigs. The entire porcine world has my picture up in their post offices. And a lot more of my friends. AZ Jack said they would wander into his yard in Tucson on occasion. Never seemed that impressed.
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Tusks, not horns.

I've seen javalinas in west Texas. They seemed pretty benign to me, though I read that someone thought he was being herded by a group of them. Does anyone know of people being attacked by them?
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People have been attacked, but it's pretty rare. It seems to happen when there is a group of them and not just one. Courage in numbers?
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Don't try to get close enough to see their horns.
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As with all wild life one should always use caution.
They run in packs around our house as well as the Coyotes and we usually encounter them at night if we're out. They will charge if provoked so just watch them go by if you see them.
If you're coming to the Quartzsite gathering We've never seen one in 10 years, but do hear the Coyotes running off in the distance at night. The gathering is too populated and most wildlife will avoid the gathering at all costs. This of course is in exception to the wildlife gathered around the campfires at night.
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As with all wild life one should always use caution.
They run in packs around our house as well as the Coyotes and we usually encounter them at night if we're out. They will charge if provoked so just watch them go by if you see them.
If you're coming to the Quartzsite gathering We've never seen one in 10 years, but do hear the Coyotes running off in the distance at night. The gathering is too populated and most wildlife will avoid the gathering at all costs. This of course is in exception to the wildlife gathered around the campfires at night.

They were all around the campsite when we were down in Big Bend a few years back. I never noticed a smell but the site Jim gave said they stink. We were told to not leave garbage or food scraps on the ground and to not approach them. They seemed to just ignore us.
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We were told to not leave garbage or food scraps on the ground and to not approach them. They seemed to just ignore us.
Probably a great idea, but if you ever want to be entertained in the middle of the night leave corn on the cob husks and watermelon rinds in the trash bag and forget to throw the trash out before bed time. We were awoken to an awful rutting that entertained us and the trailer next to us for an hour as they destroyed our corn and watermelon leavings. Quite interesting for the children in both trailers.
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