Javelinas (pronounced hav-uh-LEE-nuh) are also known as collared peccaries. Their natural diet consists of prickly pear cacti, grasses, mesquite beans, piñon pine nuts, fruits, berries and seeds. Should you come across one being an aggressive dinner guest, its acquired taste for human food is likely the result of sloppy campers. This is not a good thing for either you or the javelina. The same can be said for bears, except they represent a potential danger while javelina are a passing encounter.
Pictured above is the last photograph of a javelina that I had followed for some distance through the underbrush. These are strangely compelling creatures—perhaps because it would be uncommon to find them elsewhere.
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