Javelinas of Boulder Ridge
Javelinas are not pigs. They’re part of the peccary family of hoofed animals and originated in South America.
Javelina are classified as herbivores. They eat a variety of native plant foods such as agave, mesquite beans, and prickly pear, as well as roots, tubers, and other green vegetation.
In Boulder Ridge the main predator of the javelina is our coyotes. Our bobcats may eat a injured adult javelina or young javelinas.
Javelinas have become accustomed to being in close proximity to humans and will generally ignore people. If you try and approach them. they will simply leave the area, but if provoked and threatened they've been known to defend themselves.
A new law makes it illegal in Pima, Maricopa and Pinal Counties to feed wildlife, especially javelina. Most people who feed wildlife are under the impression that they are doing something positive for wildlife. Habituating wildlife to a human food source will eventually lead to conflicts with people and in some cases can result in serious harm. Those who wish to report someone habitually feeding wildlife on purpose can report the incidents anonymously to Arizona Game and Fish's Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700.
These pictures were taken on lot 178 and are courtesy of Barbara Whitmore
These pictures are courtesy of Gene Osteen