Javelina roaming an East Valley neighborhood

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Jeremy Johnson said he nearly two dozen javelina in a Chandler neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Jeremy Johnson said he nearly two dozen javelina in a Chandler neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A pack of wild javelina wasroaming the neighborhood, stopping for a bite each time they passed by a cactus. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A pack of wild javelina wasroaming the neighborhood, stopping for a bite each time they passed by a cactus. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The javelina did not seem to mind Johnson getting up close and personal with them. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The javelina did not seem to mind Johnson getting up close and personal with them. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Javelina are not to be messed with. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Javelina are not to be messed with. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Jeremy Johnson and his daughter Chandler could not believe their eyes Sunday night.

Not one, two or three.

"I think we counted 23 yesterday so it's almost a daily occurrence around here." said Johnson.

A pack of wild javelina was roaming the neighborhood, stopping for a bite each time they passed by a cactus.

“I love it because I’m from the east coast and I feel like we live in Jurassic Park." said Johnson.

His daughter Chandler does not feel the same.

"It scared me and, um, when my dad was getting out I kept telling him, 'Dad, come back in, no, stop, come back in' but he wouldn't listen. He doesn't around animals," said Chandler.

The javelina did not seem to mind Johnson getting up close and personal with them.

"Looks like they are getting used to us so probably not a good thing." said Johnson.

And javelina are not to be messed with.

"I’ve seen plenty a news story on javelinas attacking dogs and gorging humans so yeah, actually, we tell the kids it's one animal to watch out for," said Johnson. 

The Arizona Game and Fish Department offers some advice on its website.

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