When javelinas attack

Javelinas are vegetarians with poor eyesight, but excellent hearing and sense of smell. (Source: AZGFD.net)

Javelina attacks are rare, but when they do happen, public safety is the main concern.

"These javelina weren't acting normally; they weren't running from people as they should," Amy Burnett of the Arizona Game and Fish Department said of the animals that recently attacked a woman who was walking her dogs in Fountain Hills."We believe their behavior was brought on by people feeding them in town."

Javelinas, by nature, are vegetarians. They have poor eyesight but a great sense of smell and wonderful hearing.

"If a javelina comes around you, make yourself really big and make a lot of noise," Burnett advised.

When people feed javelinas, the animals become comfortable with people and no longer see humans as a threat but more of a food source.

"We had four of them in our front yard last night," said Harland Krumpfus, who lives in the Fountain Hills neighborhood where the recent attack took place.

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The javelina attack was all the buzz in the dog park just a mile away.

"I feel very sorry for that lady; I mean it must have been a terrible situation for her," Krumpfus said.

Dog owners worried that they could be next.

"I guess if you get them upset, they're enough of them they'll take on two dogs," Krumpfus said.

AzGFD captured and euthanized six javelinas believed to be involved in the attack. The agency is testing them for rabies and other diseases.

"Ultimately, this is a good lesson for all of us not to feed wildlife," Burnett said. "It's fortunate it turned out better than it could have."Copyright 2016 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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