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Sep 4, 2013 3:26 PM by Rebecca Taylor

Javelina attack, woman injured tells her story

TUCSON - A Tucson woman attacked by a herd of javelina has quite a story to tell.

Last Wednesday, the 63 year old was out on a morning walk, near Wilmot and 5th when the javelina charged.

She's sharing what happened and we're learning the fate of those javelina.

Officials with Arizona Game and Fish say the javelina will be euthanized this week.

Game and Fish will outsource to a wildlife removal service.

Despite her injuries, the woman who was attacked doesn't want them killed.

"These are all staples, this is the biggest wound," describes Emilia Arana.

A deep hole was punctured on the side of her knee two inches wide, "I think this was a tusk," she says.

Arana says the attack happened just beyond her garage.

While walking a friend's dog, javelina digging in her neighbor's trash lunged for her.

"And I was yelling and waving my arms, and then two others joined," says Arana.

Adrenaline on high, she believes the attack lasted less than a minute.

"At some point, there was a break in the action, I was able to get up and retrieve my glasses. Pick up the dog, who has just turned into a statue, his behavior was perfect because he didn't attract any attention to himself," she said.

With pooch safe in her arms Arana hobbled back home. The javelina followed to her front gate.

Bruce Cobb is Arana's husband, "She said Bruce, the javelina have gotten me."

Cobb drove his wife to the hospital.

Despite it all neither want to see the javelina put down, instead they'd prefer the herd be relocated.

But Game and Fish says euthanizing the animals is their only option, for the public's safety.

"Relocation rarely works, if we put them in a new place their chance of survival is very low," says Mark Hart, "Javelina react very instinctively to dogs, they can't distinguish them from coyotes a natural foe, and they don't see very well. What's interesting about this case is the dog was uninjured, the homeowner was."

A painter and pianist, Arana considers herself lucky considering the injuries she could have had.

"They could have gotten my head, my face, knee cap, so I consider myself fortunate given the possibilities," says Arana.

Wildlife experts urge homeowners to secure their garbage until the day of pickup. In the garage, or tied to an outside wall with the lid tight.


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