A U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) agent was dispatched to a Scottsdale, Arizona, neighborhood to deal with javelina that had taken to attacking residents and their pets.
The wild boar* is a common sight in several Valley communities.
However, homeowner AJ Schlatter Flynn said the javelina problem in her Scottsdale neighborhood has gotten significantly worse lately with the animals becoming more aggressive.
Flynn told CBS5 that a javelina recently took a bite out of her dog.
“Not only have they attacked people on the walking trail and neighbors on the front porch, but now they’re going after our dogs,” said Flynn. “It’s become quite dangerous and scary and it’s not only in the evening, they’re getting aggressive in the day, as well.”
Her husband took video outside a neighbor’s house, then sent it to Arizona’s Dept. of Game and Fish.
A few days later, a federal wildlife officer was dispatched to the neighborhood where he killed eight javelinas.
*Editor’s Note: Knowledgeable outdoorsmen know U.S. javelinas are not “wild boar” or “pigs” but collared peccaries, Tayassu tajacu, whereas pigs (hogs, wild boar, feral hogs) are the species Sus scrofa. The linked and quoted article also refers to a group of javelina as a “pack”, but a group of peccaries is properly called a herd.