Are bugs that bad in Tucson, Arizona? - page 2

:idea: Looking to relocate to Tucson from Jersey. Are the bugs that bad? Flying roaches inside? Any info appreciated! ;)... Read More

  1. by   Multicollinearity
    Speaking of unusual creatures...it's not a bug...but we do have wildlife called Javelina. They look like wild pigs. If you live in the suberbs or rural areas you might see them. They travel in packs with their babies. I've started wearing ear plugs because I'm tired of them waking me up. Every few nights I hear a pack of them come running up the wash and by my bedroom window. It seems like it will happen every night then they'll be gone for a few months. Then it will start all over again. It sounds like a chorus of wild snorting. I hear they don't attack people.

    http://www.hlasek.com/foto/dicotyles_tajacu_11249.jpg
  2. by   cardiacRN2006
    I love Javalina! I hear they do attack (or pretend to attack) if you make attempts to come near their babies. They are so cute!

    StatRNNJ97, isnt' pretty much all of NJ by the shore?
  3. by   Multicollinearity
    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I love Javalina! I hear they do attack (or pretend to attack) if you make attempts to come near their babies. They are so cute!

    StatRNNJ97, isnt' pretty much all of NJ by the shore?
    Aren't the babies cute! Amazing how creatures who are horridly ugly as adults are so adorable as babies.

    One night a few years ago I came home late and a pack of them were at my front door. Right at my front door. They were eating my plants. They had babies with them. I tried to wait them out. They wouldn't budge. I tried throwing little rocks near them. They scared me with their response - the snorting and stomping! I rant to my car screaming. I slept in my car that night!
  4. by   cardiacRN2006
    LOL!

    2 weeks ago, I had two encounters with the wildlife in my yard. Now, I live on the Southeast side, close to Broadway, so I'm pretty darn far from any area where they could come from. The first was a baby racoon! I could have taken him into my home he was so cute! He was smaller than my cats. I asked the animal control guy what he was going to do with him, and he said "you don't want to know". So I was crushed! I told him, "so basically, you're telling me to not call you in the future when I find another one of these guys?"

    Then later that week, there was a full grown coyote in my front yard! I was really suprised because we were coming home from dinner and we drove up and he didn't budge. He was actually pretty big! I walked out to him and slapped my hands at him, and he finally ran away. The animal lover in me wanted to feed him and give him water (I know, it's a no-no). It's better that he re-learn his natural fear of humans.

    So weird since we had such a great monsoon to see all these guys all of a sudden. Did you hear about all the bears on the south side? Hopefully, there is enough food for them this winter.
  5. by   cardiacRN2006
    Oh, BTW, the animal control guy called and said they released the coon into a retreat area, so I feel a little better. Seriously, this racoon was too cute.
  6. by   Multicollinearity
    What about bears on the south side? I haven't heard about that?
  7. by   cardiacRN2006
    There were 2 spotted down there like a month ago, one crawled up a utility line and was electrocuted , and I think they sedated another and sent him someplace else. I think it was a dry winter last year, and so there just isn't enough food for them now.
  8. by   Multicollinearity
    Yikes. How did I miss that?

    Regarding the racoons, aren't they so adorable? Skunks too. I have to remind myself that I'm not in a Disney movie when I see them. You know, don't hug the cutie-pie!

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