An elderly woman was attacked by a sounder of javelina while walking her dog in her Tucson residential neighborhood last week. The Arizona Game and Fish Department reports that three collared peccaries were eating from a knocked over trashcan when the 64-year-old and her dog entered the area. The trio of stink hogs charged despite the unidentified woman’s screaming and waving her arms.
Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson believes the javelina were actually targeting the woman’s dog.
“Javelina react instinctively to the presence of dogs, which they cannot distinguish from a coyote, a natural foe,” Vega told KGUN9-TV before adding. “But of greater concern in this case is garbage cans outside before the day of pickup. When javelina are present, garbage cans should be secured indoors, or within an enclosed area outdoors.”
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for lacerations.
There is no news on the woman’s dog.