Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

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Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Post Number:#1  Postby Gee.S » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:01 pm

This is a fight you cannot win. These Central American migrants generally leave Agaves and Yuccas alone, but can demonstrate great interest in cacti, especially cacti they may be unfamiliar with. They can dig them up, knock them over, feast on roots, or in the case of Mammilaria, eat them whole as if they are M&Ms. They might also mow down Hesperaloe and devour any number of small succulents. Give them a shot at your Crassulaceae collection, and you'll never know you had one. If peccaries go after cacti they don't immediately kill, move them out of harm's way, and try some different plants. In the end, if peccaries are around you can only grow what they will permit.

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"American aloe plant," 1797, from Greek Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at".

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Re: Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Post Number:#2  Postby Stan » Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:56 pm

Electric fencing? I mean,you (might) only need a single hot strand compared to the expense of full blown fencing for hundreds of feet.
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Re: Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Post Number:#3  Postby mcvansoest » Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:14 pm

A colleague who lives on the south side of South Mountain right close to one of the big washes coming down it had issue with them - they are incredibly persistent and voracious once they discover that your yard is the place with the good stuff. Turns out Javelinas cannot jump very high so they ended up putting in a 3 feet tall wall to fence off their front yard, which was the only part not walled in already anyway, but they had to also put a gate on their drive way...

Their experience is that they indeed leave Agaves and Yuccas alone, but any kind of smaller cactus, or new growth on taller established cacti was immediately completely devoured.
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Re: Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Post Number:#4  Postby Gee.S » Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:06 pm

mcvansoest wrote:A colleague who lives on the south side of South Mountain right close to one of the big washes coming down it had issue with them - they are incredibly persistent and voracious once they discover that your yard is the place with the good stuff. Turns out Javelinas cannot jump very high so they ended up putting in a 3 feet tall wall to fence off their front yard, which was the only part not walled in already anyway, but they had to also put a gate on their drive way...

Their experience is that they indeed leave Agaves and Yuccas alone, but any kind of smaller cactus, or new growth on taller established cacti was immediately completely devoured.

Just a point of emphasis, note use of the word "wall". If you try a fence, it had better be a good one.
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"American aloe plant," 1797, from Greek Agaue, proper name in mythology (mother of Pentheus), from agauos "noble," perhaps from agasthai "wonder at".

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Re: Collared Peccary (aka Javelina)

Post Number:#5  Postby Spination » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:30 pm

Well...since they already have collars, how about attaching a leash? :lol:

Sorry... :oops:
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