MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Mesa firefighters were called out for an unusual rescue in the Red Mountain Ranch area Monday morning. Crews had to rescue two young javelina near Thomas and Recker roads. The animals apparently fell through a storm drain gate and into the drain on a residential street.
Crews from Mesa Fire and Medical worked to retrieve the animals from the drain. Firefighters tweeted out video of pulling the two little tykes to safety. Thanks, Captain Clark and his crew of Ladder 214 for lending them a hand.
Mesa fire worked with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) to help the little orphans.
The javelina are now in the care of SWCC. Hopefully they are healthy and will eventually be able to be released back into the wild.
B"y collaborating with partners beyond our respective fields, we can more effectively allocate services to better serve our community," reads a post on the Mesa Fire and Medical Facebook page.
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So what, exactly, is a javelina? According to Arizona Game and Fish, even though some people think javelina are a type of wild pig, they are actually members of the peccary family, a group of hoofed mammals originating from South America.
Javelina are common in much of central and southern Arizona, including the outskirts of the Phoenix area, most of Tucson, and occasionally as far north as Flagstaff. Javelina are known for using washes and areas with dense vegetation as travel corridors.
Folks are warned not to feed wild javelina. In October, a javelina bit a Tucson woman who was regularly feeding it.
Arizona Game and Fish would like to remind everyone that feeding javelina is illegal in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. Anyone caught violating the law could face a fine of up to $300.
"People have often inadvertently created conflicts with javelina by building homes in javelina habitat and providing food, water and shelter that attract javelina into their yards," Arizona Game and Fish says on its web site. "Continued contact with non-threatening humans can make javelina bold and uninhibited about being in residential areas. The only real solution is to remove or block access to the attractants. If everyone in your neighborhood does this, javelina will no longer find the area an attractive place to live, and they will move on."
If you see someone feeding wildlife, you can report it by calling 800-352-0700. (Click the phone number to call from this story on your mobile device.)
AZ Game and Fish provided some tips for those living in javelina country.
-Never feed javelina!
-Feed pets indoors or immediately remove leftover food
-Securely store all garbage
-Keep birdseed and water off the ground and out of reach of javelina
-Landscape with natural vegetation, instead of ornamental plants that javelina enjoy eating. Plant toxic bulbs, such as iris and narcissus, instead of tasty bulbs like tulips.
-Use poultry wire at or just below the soil surface to protect plant beds from digging
-Fence your yard or garden. A 4-foot-high wall around the patio and bird-feeding area is effective
-Pick up fruit as soon as it drops from the tree
-Trim plants that could provide hiding cover
-Securely close all openings to spaces under buildings and mobile homes
-Don’t leave dogs tied up where javelina can get to them, and keep dogs on a leash when outdoors. Javelina view dogs as a threat and will defend themselves.
Captain Clark & his crew of L214 rescued 2 young javelina "reds" that fell through a storm drain grate. They worked w/ @azgfd & wildlife rehabilitators @SWWildlifeCC to help the orphaned reds. Such collaborations make it possible for us to better serve our community. #MesaAZ pic.twitter.com/D9nTxIMzX5— Mesa (Arizona) Fire & Medical Dept (@MesaFireDept) December 9, 2019