When pigs attack

A dozen javelinas attack Tucson woman walking dogs

An Arizona woman was taking her dogs for a walk when a wild pig approached.

Seconds after she picked up her dogs to protect them, 11 more javelinas seemed to appear out of thin air and surrounded Gordon.

“Typically, they don’t travel in that big of a pack, and when they do, they tend to be aggressive,” said Gordon, 34.

The attack was a blur, she said. One javelina bit her leg, which caused her to fall and drop the dogs. One or more javelinas had trampled her. Noticing that one of the dogs, Peatree, became a main target and was “being thrown like a rag doll,” Gordon ran to a neighbor’s home to call her husband, Greg, for help.

She’s now getting rabies treatment. Nice.

Reminds me of a post I wrote regarding a mountain lion attack in California back in January 2004 and the state’s suggestions to counter the threat that included:

“Do not approach a lion,” “Do not run from a lion,” and “Do all you can to appear larger.” Who the hell came up with these suggestions? PETA?

To their credit, they also suggest fighting back if attacked.

A hiker in Southern California used a rock to fend off a mountain lion that was attacking his son. Others have fought back successfully with sticks, caps, jackets, garden tools and their bare hands.

That’s not fighting back, that’s a desperate last-ditch attempt to continue living.

Pulling a gun and blowing the damn thing away is fighting back.

Meanwhile, Michigan is being proactive about the ferral swine threat: State encourages hunters to take aim at wild pigs

Comments

  1. Sounds like dog owners in Arizona should consider carrying a .45 or .40 magnum handgun. I suppose you’d want to know how to use it too, shooting a wild pig in the wrong place is only going to make it mad. Do these things scare easily? Would a gun shot be likely to scatter them? Somehow I think not, but I could be wrong.

  2. I encountered a couple of Javelinas while stationed at Ft. Huachuca. They are very prevalent down there. I was impressed with their agility. The ones I saw were leaping through some tall grass, one of them getting about 4 feet in elevation and leaping a distance of about 10 feet. Impressive animal. And, from what I’ve heard…good eating.;)

  3. How about she gets a real dog? When attacked by wild animals, I expect my dog to protect me, not vice versa.

  4. Bram echoed my opinion, get a real dog! I knew she was in trouble when it said ‘Seconds after she picked up her dogs to protect them…’ The only thing better than bacon, is free bacon.

  5. Hmm, my current .45 only holds 10…guess I need to upgrade. Maybe a pair of XD compacts…that way I have 20 on hand and 26 more on tap…if I need more than that, I really screwed up.

  6. Never heard a Hog called a ‘Javelin’ but Hogs are good eatin. And when you walk up on a group laying in the woods even with a gun it can be a rush. They are pretty big loud and fast not your pretty pink Scarletts web pigs. Bram That was my thoughts exactley. I could see holding the dog back in the hope the Hogs would just run (saving the dogs some stiches and me chasing him down) but in her case it should have been sick em while you looked for something to help with the fight if possible or a tree to run up if not. Nicholas Wether you gut shot or even missed all animals left on the earth understand by instinct that BOOM sound. I would guess they would run.

  7. Javalina (pronounced ‘Hav-a-leena’) are actually not pigs. They are more appropriately known as the ‘Collared Peccary’. The following is takend from http://www.desertusa.com/magnov97/nov_pap/du_collpecc.html ‘Collared Peccary is the only wild, native, pig-like animal found in the United States. The Collared Peccary, also known as the Javelina, Tayaussa or the Musk Hog. They are called Javelina because of their razor-sharp tusks, Spanish for javelin or spear. You may smell a peccary before you see it. The prickly pear is ideal food for the Collared Peccary due to its high water content. Collared Peccary have poor eyesight and good hearing.’ ‘They are members of the Tayassuidae Family while true pigs are members of the Suidae Family.’ What can I say…I like to know exactly what might be chewing on me