It’s not very often we see javelina. They are more of a mainstay in Phoenix area and southern AZ, in warmer climates than they are in Northern AZ.
But we got our first glimpse of these unusual beasts. Officially known as collared peccary, they are similar to wild boar.
Javelina are prey to mountain lions, bobcats, and coyotes. As such they are pretty skittish and aware of all sounds and smells around them, particularly as they are known for their poor eyesight.
This small herd of 5 we encountered appeared to be 2 adults and 3 young (perhaps less than a year old).
We’re always happy to see animals, no matter what they are… the more ‘exotic’ the more exciting, especially if I manage to get a photo.