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Nov. 13th, 2007 @ 08:40 am Wild in the Streets - Part 1
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Ahh the joys of winter, I go in before the sun is up and it's usually down or setting when I get off at night.

Yesterday morning, I'm backing out of my garage, when I notice someone standing in the street behind me. Now I'm at the edge of town, up by some nice mountains/hills (I really need to find out what they are called), so it's probably not just some random homeless guy, more likely a neighbor or maybe some bad person?

So I sit there a second deciding what to do when the person notices me and moves out of the way. (This has been a test of the emergency brain function system, had this been an actual emergency, you'd be dead by now, sorry, you lose)

Upon backing the rest of the way out of the garage, I see there's a car parked just up the street from me in the cul-de-sac, with it's lights on.

Curiouser and curiouser.

Looking down my street, I see the remains of a Jack-O-Lantern and two shapes sniffing it. "Someone's let their dogs out loose" I think with mild annoyance.

Boy those are ugly dogs, in fact they're not dogs at all.

They're Javelinas! Chowing down on the dead Jack!

Pretty cool!

I drove towards them slowly and they calmly moved aside, then returned after the other car (which I guess was trapped) and I passed. As I left for work, I noticed that there were several more checking out the yards of  my neighbors. Looks like there's a good sized herd (passel?) of them in the area.

Of course the downside of that is if I corner one by accident, I run the risk of being tore up pretty good by they're tusks. Still it's neat to see the local fauna.
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From:akaspeedo
Date:November 13th, 2007 07:53 pm (UTC)
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I've never seen one of those or even heard of them before.
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From:ferragus
Date:November 13th, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
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I knew they were local from seeing them in the zoo and reading the placard. (They're nocturnal, at the zoo I only see them dozing under the misters).

When I first scouted the area, it was a Sunday afternoon and I saw coyotes crossing the (residential) streets. That right there taught me enough to make sure that the pets are always watched or indoors.
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From:anisosynchronic
Date:November 13th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
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Fresh meat, if run over. [For you... I have an ancestral pork aversion.... My mother said the only time she was morningsick pregnant with me, was when she smelled cooking bacon!] If alive, nasty!
Perhaps a Cardi would help (one of the shepherds who did a demo some years back on The Wool Arts Tour in New Hampshire, did some work for the filming of a movie about the Salem witch trials. He and his dogs (border collies or Australian shepherds) were hired to herd the type of meat animals (cattle and pigs) =]present in colonial Massachusetts....).

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From:ferragus
Date:November 13th, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
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These seemed to be pretty well behaved, but I know they're wild and if they take offense pretty well equipped to put a hurting on me or even my car!
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From:suricattus
Date:November 13th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Javelinas? *squee!* World's cutest ugly! (okay, maybe not. But close)

Be very very careful, though. Like all wild pigs, they're smart, fast, and can be nasty-tempered.
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From:ferragus
Date:November 13th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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Yup, told herself about it first and she said basically the same thing. Stay in the car, and if they catch me outside, RUN!

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From:aliensplicer
Date:November 14th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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That's cool!

Back when I was a kid, Javelina were known to come down into Phoenix occasionally -- I've seen them running through a wash near 19th Avenue, just south of Thunderbird. But I haven't seen them near Phoenix in years. The most recent ones I've seen, were just south of Cottonwood, AZ earlier this year: