Javelina attacks a dog in an apartment complex in North Phoenix
PHOENIX – This is a javelina takeover of an apartment complex in North Phoenix recently. They have been seen wandering the park for the past few months.
“They’re right behind us and I’m like, ‘Cam, let’s go, let’s get out of here,'” says resident Mia Dauparas.
“I’ve seen them walking my dog and I either stomp on them or bow to them and they run away,” says fellow resident Dalton Gregson.
Marquis management at Sonoran Preserve emailed residents, warning them of a javelin attack on Wednesday. Neighbors told us the woman was walking her dog on the sidewalk when they were attacked. There happens to be a wash running through the complex, so we’re told the javelina came from there. The woman was apparently injured trying to save her dog. Their terms are unclear.
“They sometimes come out at night on the patio and she didn’t see them and just got scared, scared or whatever and, I think they just attacked her dog,” Gregson said.
Dalton Gregson lives in this same building and works to maintain the property.
“We have these little sprinklers that spray water, they chew the lines on the water and squeeze the water out and like to wall them in,” says Gregson.
Although seemingly cute, Arizona Game and Fish says they can be naughty.
“If they smell dogs or see dogs, they think of the coyote and it’s basically the nemesis of their babies,” says Amy Burnett, PIO of the Arizona Department of Game and Fisheries.
Property management advises residents that Maricopa County Animal Care and Control refuses to remove them as the location is their natural habitat. But, you can scare them away.
“A lot of people will tiptoe around or take a video and be very quiet and that’s the opposite of what you should be doing. You should be making a lot of noise, banging pots and pans,” Burnett says.
Make sure you don’t feed them or try to touch them, but some people say they like to watch them.
“I mean, that’s one of the reasons I moved here. It was for the…I like seeing rabbits and wildlife and stuff,” Gregson explains.
“I love seeing the animals. We’ve seen coyotes, we’ve seen rattlesnakes in the resort, there’s a bobcat going by here. We haven’t seen that yet, but I think it’s is cool,” says Dauparas.