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Old Yesterday, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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These are three javelina encounters from my walks just this week! Each time it was a solitary javelina, and for whatever reason, they wanted to get a better look at me and got very close, like 10 feet or so, which is only about 3 steps! Each time, the encounter ended peacefully. The first encounter was on Sunday 10/3/2021 at 7:22 on Mission Twin Buttes near La Canada. The second encounter was on 10/6/2021 at 6:20 on Calle Lecho in front of Keith and Petra's house just around the corner from Calle Montanosa. The last one was from this morning (10/10/2021) at about 8 am again on Mission Twin Buttes near La Canada.

I hope you enjoy the video!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDk7n94hziE
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Old Yesterday, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Mountains of Oregon
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Be careful, pard. You never know what a wild critter might do.
I would carry some protection, in case it's needed.
Have a great evening...
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Old Yesterday, 06:08 PM
 
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Those were really close-up encounters. They seemed to all want to get a sniff and look at you, with more interest than when you film them in groups. I wonder where the rest of the squadron was. When you made a sound, they respected you and backed away. Interesting to watch their behavior. Because you walk so often (with the same hat on?), maybe they recognize you and were stepping up to get a closer look. Or maybe these ones were new in the 'hood. Made me a little nervous watching it, and glad they went on their way!

The video still of this one standing is good. Note the hair sticking straight up on his head, his rounded ears cupped forward, and the fur above his hooves like little black socks. Pretty cute. A little more distance between you and him might not be a bad thing, though. Thank you for the video!
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Old Yesterday, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Be careful, pard. You never know what a wild critter might do.
I would carry some protection, in case it's needed.
Have a great evening...
I hear you Hawk J! As soon as I saw them, I stopped or even moved to the opposite side of the street. In my 8 years here of walking here in Green Valley, I have found that standing my ground or backing up slowly while facing them has worked for me. One lady left a comment saying that she carries bear spray, and has not had to use it so far. I used to carry a mini boat horn in a can, but I used it once and it had no effect, so I do not bother with it any longer.
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Old Yesterday, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Those were really close-up encounters. They seemed to all want to get a sniff and look at you, with more interest than when you film them in groups. I wonder where the rest of the squadron was. When you made a sound, they respected you and backed away. Interesting to watch their behavior. Because you walk so often (with the same hat on?), maybe they recognize you and were stepping up to get a closer look. Or maybe these ones were new in the 'hood. Made me a little nervous watching it, and glad they went on their way!

The video still of this one standing is good. Note the hair sticking straight up on his head, his rounded ears cupped forward, and the fur above his hooves like little black socks. Pretty cute. A little more distance between you and him might not be a bad thing, though. Thank you for the video!
You know wildflowers27, I really do wonder of they recognize me sometimes! I wear a desert hat with a neck curtain (at my wife's urging so I do not get cancer on my ears), shorts, t-shirt and sunglasses when I go walking, so pretty much the same thing every day. I did not do anything to draw them to me. I never feed them. I just stop and pull out my camera, and like you said, they seem to want to come and get a closer look and a good sniff. I do keep escape routes like trees and fences in mind as I walk, but these little guys are quite fast and athletic, so I am not sure if my escape plans would work, and I hope I never have to find out!!!
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Old Yesterday, 09:00 PM
 
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Great video! If their eyesight is bad then perhaps you smell good to them?
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Old Yesterday, 09:01 PM
 
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I'm not able to edit my post but I meant that in a good way. ;-)
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Old Yesterday, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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Great video! If their eyesight is bad then perhaps you smell good to them?
Well, I do shower on a daily basis PhureeKeeper! ;-)
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Old Yesterday, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Green Valley, AZ
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I'm not able to edit my post but I meant that in a good way. ;-)
I understand, no offense taken! ;-)
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Old Yesterday, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Lahaina, Hi.
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They are wondering how you would taste with a nice Chianti.
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