TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — A javelina bit a man walking his dog near the Oro Valley Country Club.
Arizona Game & Fish Dept. officials confirmed the wild animal charged the dog owner early Thursday.
In a tweet, AZGFD said the man picked up his dog before kicking the javelina to protect himself.
Man bitten on foot by javelina early Thurs. while walking his dog near Oro Valley C.C. Javelina charged, victim picked up dog, & kicked the javelina. Attack is 2nd of its kind this month in Oro Valley. Dog walkers: Go the other way if javelina are seen, if possible. File photo. pic.twitter.com/tyWqgUsiOt— AZ Game & Fish Dept (@azgfdTucson) October 29, 2021
AZGFD said this was the 2nd attack of its kind this month in Oro Valley. In early October, another javelina attacked a woman walking her two dogs, killing one of her pets.
Department officials have asked dog walkers in the area to go the other way if they come across a javelina. AZGFD have said javelinas instinctively attack dogs because they look similar to coyotes, a javelina's natural predator.
Anyone who is threatened by wildlife in Arizona should report it to the AZGFD by calling 623-236-7201.