What Gun for Car-Driving, Cheetos-Loving Javelinas?

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In this photo provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a javelina is seen inside a Subaru station wagon in Cornville, Ariz., Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Sheriff’s deputies in Yavapai County responded to the call in the community 10 miles south of Sedona, Ariz., about the javelina stuck in a car. The animal had jumped in to get to a bag of Cheetos when the hatch closed. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

From the AP

A hungry javelina in Arizona ended up going for a drive when it became trapped inside an empty car and bumped it into neutral.

Deputies in Yavapai County responded to a call last week in Cornville, a community 10 miles (16 kilometers) south of Sedona, about a javelina stuck in a Subaru station wagon. Javelinas are pig-like animals that are native to desert environments.

After speaking with the car’s owner and other residents, they determined the car’s hatchback had been left open overnight.

The javelina jumped in to get to a bag of Cheetos. The hatch then closed, trapping the animal inside.

In this photo provided by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, a javelina is seen inside a Subaru station wagon in Cornville, Ariz., Wednesday, April 6, 2022. Sheriff’s deputies in Yavapai County responded to the call in the community 10 miles south of Sedona, Ariz., about the javelina stuck in a car. The animal had jumped in to get to a bag of Cheetos when the hatch closed. (Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Authorities say the javelina ripped off a portion of the dashboard and the inside of a door in an attempt to escape.

The animal then managed to knock the car into neutral, causing it to roll down the driveway and across the street. The Subaru came to a rest, and the javelina was not injured.

A deputy opened the hatch, and the javelina was able to run back into the wilderness.

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  1. The javelina drives a Suburu and eats cheetos? I’ll bet he carries a Taurus.

    Is that what you meant by what gun……..

  2. I’m calling BS on this one – the only way this could happen is if the Subbie in question has a manual transmission, no way a hoofed animal is going to simultaneously move the shift lever and press the lockout button on an AT equipped car. So if the car in question is an Outback wagon the chances of it being a manual is nearly zero. Won’t be surprised that further investigation will reveal that alcohol use (by the humans for sure and maybe the javelina!) was involved, alcohol use that lead to someone saying “wouldn’t it be cool if a pig wrecked our car?” 😆

    • I’ve had a couple of console shift AT equipped cars that the lock button on the shifter didn’t lock. Could very well have been the case with this vehicle. Or, since the article didn’t mention what transmission the vehicle had, it could have been either manual or automatic.
      Javelinas are like pigs in that they follow their noses to any food source and will check out anything that smells good. Ferral hogs will also investigate anything that smells edible. As for the car owner having alcohol on board, they did leave the vehicle open in a part of the country that has had some problems with the influx of illegal immigrants. Not the most intelligent move. The peccary, who knows? Fermented fruits from a prickly pear? Or some migrants stash of Tequilia?

    • I have a 2006 Forester. To move from Park to Neutral you have to move the shifter back-right-back-right.

      Who would rest the car purely on the transmission Park and not use the hand-brake?

      • “Who would rest…”? From my experience, about 99% of those that drive automatics. Excluding us two, of course. *8)

    • Subaru is one of the few companies to offer manual transmission on anything other than a couple. I’m positive at least 2 of there wagons come in manual.

  3. Javelinas aren’t very tall animals. I suspect that for him to climb in through the hatch, someone supplied him with a loading ramp.

    True story: Driving from New Mexico, south into Texas one night, I drove past those crazy desert rabbits, all lined up on the highway to watch me go by. Got down to I-10 and parked the truck for the night. Next morning, I walk around the truck to inspect it. Not only did I have a sidewall torn out of a trailer tire, but there was a section of the shiny aluminum rim torn out of it! Out of necessity, went to a tire shop. Asked the guy who replaced my tire and rim what on earth could have gouged the rim like that. He says javelinas do that all the time – they charge for whatever reason, spear the tire with a tusk, and another tire done gone.

    I’d hate for one of those little dudes to take a disliking to me, personally!

    • Paul,

      Many moons ago when I was in elementary school we visited a family friend who lived in southern Arizona. He took us out for a long walk in the desert. Due to the very real threat of javelinas, he carried a rifle just in case we happened across a pack of them.

      According to our family friend, they are very dangerous when travelling in packs. Sounds like he was not exaggerating.

      • Javelina are aggressive in packs but pretty skittish alone.

        A friend of mine was out in the desert once and got attacked by a pack of them. Got bitten on the leg pretty bad. He had his revolver with him and shot that one. The rest fled. You don’t go into the desert without a gun.

  4. My go-to firearm platform for animals larger than coyotes is .44 Magnum loaded with 240 grain semi-jacketed softpoint bullets.

    Of course I rarely carry my .44 Magnum revolver unless I am hiking, camping, or hunting. If I were to encounter a javelina during my everyday activities, I would rely on my Smith and Wesson M&P 40 semi-auto handgun (with 4-inch barrel) chambered in .40 S&W–loaded with 180 grain Winchester Ranger bonded hollowpoints.

  5. MOVIE IN THA MAKE N , CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP ! HA
    GO JAV GO JAV , UUUM MUNCH MUNCH . MAKE N CHEETOS PROUD .

  6. What sort of idiot needs help opening the rear hatch on a vehicle to let a critter out? Was the car owner a California transplant?

    • The first picture shows a California plate. Probably a city boy, a country boy would have put it on the smoker and kept his mouth shut.

      • True! But the one time I tried javelina I decided it was the last time I’d try javelina… not sure if the one I sampled was a good one or a bad one but it tasted reasonably awful.

        • I ate a shetland pony ,tasted like moss smells Kinda like a sponge too, seemed the more you chewed the bigger it got.
          had a LBFNC make me up some dog and noodles and it was right tasty.
          So I guess it all depends on who cooked what.

  7. I live in southern desert. I see packs (I think the official term is “squadron”) of javelinas, up to a dozen or more, when I’m walking my dog in the AM. I carry a .357 magnum in case I run into problems. They invade my neighbor’s yard several times a year, and he dispatches them with a Henry Big Boy in .357. The local wildlife officer says shoot ’em if they’re pissing you off.

    They can be nasty if they feel trapped. They will attack pets.

  8. I shot a heavily injuried javalina that was hit by a car. The rear legs were paralyzed. Game & fish were àn hour out and asked if I would dispatch the critter. Got out my Henry Big Boy in 44 mag and from three feet away hit him right behind the left ear..He kind of ran ten feet into the shrubs. He did not die. The agent finally showed up and used an AR 15 between the eyes for instant kill. They are tough to stop with one shot.

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