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More javelinas encroaching on residences

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Snapping, snarling, and very stinky. Javelinas aren't the kind of animal most people want hanging around their home, and one valley couple has had to go to great lengths to get rid of the unwanted neighbors.

This is kind of controversial. Some people say you live in the desert and you should learn to live with javelina. Others are worried about their families' safety, including their dogs'.

Either way we're seeing more and more javelinas in the city.

Pest control companies used to get one or two calls a year -- now they get one or two calls a month.

Three trapped javelinas can be seen charging their wire cages. They're fighters.

Scott Patrick is an expert at trapping javelina. He's licensed by the state.

"We actually been getting calls for these guys more in town," says Patrick.

Homeowners who live near 16th Street and Northern hired Patrick.

"The javelina come through their yard intimidating their dog, intimidating the homeowner."

"They've got long teeth bigger than my dogs have," says homeowner Jim Meador. Meador's house backs up to Dreamy Draw Wash. He calls it "a javelina highway."

Under state law, these javelinas can't be hurt. They'll be taken to a wildlife refuge till the entire herd is caught -- then released into the wild.

The closer you get to javelina, they snap their teeth and that's a warning for you to get away.

Javelinas typically avoid people unless threatened -- then they're pretty tough. Their noses are bloody after charging the cages.

"They use that nose to root in cactus for dinner," says Patrick.

Arizona Fish and Wildlife recommends putting up an electric fence around your home first. They say trappers should only be called as a last resort.

"These guys are native to the desert and we've got urban javelina now just like urban coyotes."

It costs about $2,000 to hire Patrick to trap javelinas.

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