Outdoor decor could bring unwanted wildlife
Web Producer: Piper Stoeckel
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Arizona Game and Fish Department encourages Tuscon residents to keep fall decorations inside to reduce the risk of encounters with wildlife.
Last Thursday the Northwest Medical Center reported a woman who was tested for rabies from a javalina bite. The woman sought urgent care after she encounted the animal eating bird seed outside of her Silverbell and St. Mary's house.
Regional Supervisor of Game and Fish, Raul Vega, said when homes display pumpkins, squash and other fall decorations outside, the chance of dangerous conflicts between humans and wildlife increase.
"Javelina, coyotes, deer and even bears eat some of the vegetables that are part of traditional holiday displays," Vega said.
Arizona Game and fish recommends that Jack-O-Lanterns and cornucopias be displayed inside if possible, and thrown-out securely to avoid wildlife.