A Tucson woman was charged and injured by a group of javelinas Wednesday but made her way to safety, state wildlife officials said.
Mark Hart, spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said the incident took place when the 64-year-old woman left her home at about 5:30 a.m. to walk a small leashed dog in a neighborhood southeast of Wilmot Road and Speedway.
“She came around the corner of her garage and saw a javelina feeding from a tipped garbage can,” Hart said. “It began to move toward her. She yelled at it and waved her arms and started to move away, and apparently fell down.”
At that point, Hart said, “as many as three javelinas charged her. She suffered lacerations from the fall and lacerations from the javelina. But she regained her feet and got back into her home.”
The woman went to a hospital, where she was treated and released, Hart said.
He said wildlife officers set up a trap for the javelina, but it wasn’t successful.
“We’re still looking at our options” for additional action, Hart said.
The dog might have played a role in the attack.
“Javelina will act instinctively to the presence of a dog,” Hart said. “They don’t distinguish it from a coyote. If you’re walking a dog and see javelina, go the other way.”