Sunday, March 7, 2010

Riverwalker's Wild Animal Pics - Peccaries

Peccaries are generally not very dangerous if left alone and usually forage in fairly large family groups of 6 to 8 or more. These speedy little animals may attack when pursued or chased and are very agile for their size (adult males range from 50 to 60 pounds). They are also more commonly known as javelinas in my part of Texas. This comes from the Spanish word for spear (javelin) and is due to their tusks which are straight, pointed downward and very sharp.

Peccaries (javelinas) lose their fear of humans if they are fed and are sometimes found rooting around in camping areas. They have also been domesticated in many Central and South American countries. They are quickly becoming an urban menace for many people in the desert-like areas they tend to inhabit.

They are also called “musk hogs” by some people because they have strong scent glands that put off a very strong odor. Many times you will smell a javelina or peccary before you see it!

Their main feeding grounds are brushy mesquite areas with plenty of prickly pear cactus which is a staple of their diet. While they do have relatively poor eyesight, peccaries do have excellent hearing.

Got javelina?

Staying above the water line!



Ken said...

...and don't forget its great sense of smell,they say it's better than most dogs...

Riverwalker said...

To: Ken

Iforgot to mention their sense of smell...really messed up and forgot to include that little fact.

They fit good on the grill also!LOL

Thanks Ken.


Adam said...

I think you just found a new way to sight in your rifle!

Mayberry said...

We got peccaries alright. There's a mamma and three piglets in the brush across the street from me. See them every couple days, along with the white tail does that frequent the fence line. Lots of cottontails, some wild turkey, and the occasional buck present themselves as well. It's my grocery store "on the hoof"....

riverwalker said...

To: Adam

A little target practice always helps!LOL

Thanks Adam.


riverwalker said...

To: Mayberry

Plenty of these critters in your area. Time to get the grill ready!



Anonymous said...

Yep, we got down here as well, but with high grass from recent winter rains, hard to spot, even with that blackish coat. In our county, year round season, with limit of 2 - how do they enforce that?

What I really like about them is their smallish size - processing them from slipping hide off to closing the cooler over their flesh takes about 45 minutes, perfect for afternoon deer hunts when you want to relax. And you can always point out to wife that hunt wasn't a bust - you brought vittles home by gosh!

I'd prefer wild hog meat, but them critters is smart, if hunted fair chase (no bait - no traps) and I believe them to be smarter than deer. Never hardly see them standing still either, they are generally trotting with ears bobbing around like crazy, making tracks.

Thanks River Walker for a good post.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:36

Feral hogs are pretty smart and aren't that easy to trap or hunt...
But if you got a good set of hog dogs, you can find them pretty quick.



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