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Woman bitten by javelina in Catalina Foothills

Posted at 8:39 AM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 15:48:26-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — A woman was bitten by a javelina while walking her dog in the Catalina Foothills late Sunday night, the Arizona Game and Fish Department says.

The woman suffered a six-inch gash on her thigh and was treated at Northwest Hospital. Wildlife officials also recommended a rabies shot, as a precaution.

In a tweet about the incident, the AZGFD says javelina see dogs as coyotes and react instinctively. Anyone walking a dog who spots a javelina should head in the other direction, if possible.