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Javelina bites Arizona woman taking out her trash

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TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona wildlife authorities have urged people against feeding wild animals after a woman who regularly feeds javelina in Tucson was bitten by one.

The Arizona Game & Fish Department in Tucson said they believed the woman was attacked Sunday because she got too close to a female javelina and its young.

Authorities believed the javelina would not have been there if she wasn’t routinely feeding them.

The woman said she was taking out her trash and turned around quickly scaring the pig-like animal.

Authorities said the woman was treated and released from an urgent care facility Sunday and recommended she receive a rabies shot.

Authorities reminded residents that feeding wildlife is illegal in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties.

No citations were handed out, but the case is still under investigation.

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