Woman injured after javelina attack
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - An elderly woman was injured when she was attacked by a group of javelinas Wednesday morning.
Mark Hart with the Arizona Game and Fish Department tells KGUN9 that a woman was injured after she was attacked by three javelina in an eastside residential neighborhood Wednesday morning.
The attack took place while the woman was walking her dog in the Harold Bell Wright Estates at 5:30 a.m., Hart said.
The 64-year-old woman came across a group of javelinas feeding from a tipped garbage can. She yelled and waved her arms, but the javelinas charged and knocked her to the ground, according to Hart.
She was treated for lacerations at a local hospital, Hart said.
"Javelina react instinctively to the presence of dogs, which they cannot distinguish from a coyote, a natural foe," said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson. "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."
Vega added that if securing garbage cans indoors is not possible, try using bungee cords to secure the contents so that they do not spill out if the cans are tipped over. Some garbage cans may also be fitted with locking mechanisms which can be automatically unlocked by garbage trucks, he noted.