TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Officials with Arizona Game and Fish Department are warning residents about the dangers of javelina after a woman and her dog were attacked. The dog later died from its injuries.
The incident happened on the evening of Nov. 15, in the 2300 block of West Ruthrauff Road. According to AZGFD officials the woman had opened her door to walk her dog, when its collar broke and it attacked two javelinas that had been at the bottom of the steps.
"Javelina may react instinctively to the presence of dogs, which they cannot distinguish from a natural predator such as a coyote," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson, in a release. "The victim was taken by surprise by the presence of the javelina and unfortunately was unable to control her dog. We recommend that dog owners out walking their pets immediately head in the opposite direction if they encounter javelina."
The woman was treated for her leg injuries.
Encounters with dogs and feeding are the most common sources of conflicts between humans and javelinas. It is illegal under state law (A.R.S. 13-2927) to feed wildlife in Pima, Maricopa, and Pinal counties, with the exception of birds as well as tree squirrels, which are rare at lower elevations. The maximum penalty is a $300 fine.
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