KEEP YOUR DISTANCE! Javelina found in North Scottsdale neighborhood

Posted at 1:49 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 16:59:47-05

SCOTTSDALE — Keep your eyes peeled, North Scottsdale! Ashley Kelly recently spotted this javelina family in her front yard.

Watch the video to see the family of javelinas enjoy her Christmas decorations!

If you ever find yourself close to a javelina, back away slowly.

According to Arizona Game and Fish, though instances of the animals biting humans are uncommon, they can occur. In areas where javelina can get food from people -- either from residents intentionally feeding the animals, or unintentionally leaving food accessible -- the javelina can lose their fear of people, increasing the chance for conflict.

Game and Fish representatives say the animals can also become confrontational with dogs, as they resemble a natural predator of javelina young -- coyotes. They warn that as with all wildlife, it's best to enjoy javelina at a distance.

For more information on javelina in Arizona, visit the Game and Fish Department website.