A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona
J - Javelina
I refer to Javelinas as wild pigs, but they are really collared peccary (not sure what that means, LOL).
Here's a ceramic one outside a store in Sedona, Arizona.
Here's what they look like in "real" life (taken at Bearizona; see D).
When we first rented the house we lived in, in Prescott, before moving to Phoenix this past March, our property management lady said there would be javelinas possibly in the ravine below the house. I never saw one until this past January when they came to eat off a quail block we had left out for the quail. The javelina didn't stick around long enough for me to get my camera to get a picture of them. I have heard them and saw evidence that they were around afterwards, but could never get a picture of them in our back yard so to speak.
Maybe this is why they get the name sometimes of wild pig because of the snout nose.
From what I understand, from talking to people, they are very protective of their young, so you don't want to mess with them or their young when they are around. They can be ornery at times. They have also been known to attack small dogs.
People have seen them day and night up in Prescott, Arizona. They can be in a group of more than two when seen.
Have you ever seen a javelina? Did you know what a javelina was before you came to visit today here?