Reward for javelinas killed and injured near Ventana Canyon; Prairie dog pups at Desert Museum

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- State wildlife officials are offering a reward for the death of one javelina near Ventana Canyon and the wounding of another last month.

The Game and Fish Department will give $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.

The agency reports six cases since January of javelinas killed or wounded around Tucson.

"Shooting at them with guns or bows and arrows is not the way to go about deterring them. It's illegal, it's poaching and there are better ways to handle the problem, including spraying them with a garden hose," said Mark Hart from Arizona Game & Fish.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the department's Operation Game Thief.


TUCSON, Ariz. -- A special birth at the Arizona-Sonra Desert Museum, one they haven't seen in six years.

It's now home to some new prairie dog pups. The museum estimates that they now have 10 newborn pups, bringing their total to 28 black-tailed prairie dogs.

The youngsters spend a lot of time wrestling and playing with each other and the adults.

"You'll definitely see the prairie dog pups out in the morning when it's cool and then, when it's a little bit warmer they love to frolic out here.  So, come on out and join us," said Shawnee Riplog-Peterson from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.