Sep 4, 2013 3:48 PM by Samantha Ptashkin

Wildlife Services kill 7 javelinas behind eastside home attacks

UPDATE: The US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services Department carried out the culling of the seven javalinas Tuesday night after 6 p.m. The decision to kill the javalinas came after public oppostion to euthanizing the animals.

Mark Hart reversed his call to not kill the javalinas but the operation had already been executed by Wildlife Services.

Three baby Javalinas were spared, officials said. The seven that were euthanized were donated to the University of Arizona for research.

TUCSON - Javelina attack an east side woman and now it's bad news for the animals.

Last Wedndesay morning 63-year-old Emilia Arana was out walking a friend's dog, when two or three javelina charged her. She suffered wounds to her legs, but should be okay.

But since the attack in the Harold Bell Wright Estates, near Wilmot and Speedway, several other neighbors have come forward saying the javelina have also chased them.

The incidents have prompted Arizona Game and Fish to call on federal wildlife experts to kill the herd, which consists of eight to 12 javelinas. "Relocation rarely works," Mark Hart of AZ Game and Fish says. "They're familiar with the terrain they're in and if we put them in a new place their chances of survival are very low."

The federal program in charge of killing the animals is called Wildlife Services, which is a division of the USDA. According to the website, it's main mission is to "help people resolve wildlife damage to a wide variety of resources and to reduce threats to human health and safety".

"Hart says the three person team will track the herd, then try to locate them with night vision goggles and shoot them with rifles that have silencers.

"I'm so against it," says Harold Bell Wright Estates Resident Soleste Lupu.

Lupu has lived in the neighborhood her whole life. She says the javelinas were here first and don't deserve to die. "It's awful and terrible that any life is injured, but we live with the habitat and we have to co-exist with them" Lupu says. "They're going to come closer and closer to us no matter what we do."

She says people need to make more of an effort to understand wildlife. "I've come in and there have been javelina waiting in my driveway," Lupu says. "I've waited very patiently and then the javelina go away."

Now to Lupu's dismay, the herd will be gone for good. Hart says the team plans to try and kill the javelinas one night this week.

AZ Game and Fish encourages residents to secure their garbage until the day of pickup, to avoid cases where javelina continue returning to their neighborhoods in search of food. Residents can put their garbage bins in a garage, or tie them up to an outside wall with the lid tight.


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