Can you eat javelina?

In this brief study, we will answer the question, “can you eat a javelina?” and will also talk about the appearance of javelina meat. Moreover, we will discuss ways to prevent javelina attacks.

Can you eat javelina?

Yes, you can eat javelina. Cook it in the same manner as domestic pork, with which it is associated. And, since javelina does not have trichinae, you should be able to serve the meat at a temperature of 145°F, which will be cooked but still have a lovely flush of pink to it on the inside.

Appearance of flesh

Because the meat is light in color and extremely lean, the shoulders and hams are excellent for slow-cooked or Dutch oven cooking, as seen in the photos. Take, for example, jerked pork. Backstraps are delicious when grilled or seared to a firm medium-rare consistency.

Given the species’ natural environments in Mexico, South America, and our own Desert Southwest, it seems logical to concentrate on their culinary traditions. Chile Verde, mole, and pit cooking are just a few examples of this kind of culinary expression. However, there is no need to stay there since any slow-cooked pork dish would be suitable for javelina. A delicious BBQ pulled pork dish from the South would be ideal. Perhaps a luau in Hawaii would be appropriate?

What is javelina?

While some people think of javelinas as a kind of wild pig, they are members of the peccary family, which is a group of South American hoofed mammals that includes ostriches and antelopes. Most of central and southern Arizona is home to javelinas. They may be found on the outskirts of Phoenix as well as the majority of Tucson and, on rare instances, as far north as Flagstaff. 

What attracts javelina?

Javelina often approaches homes in search of food, water, and a place to take shelter.

In addition to lush foliage and a variety of flowers and succulent plants that people cultivate around their homes, javelina is drawn to people’s yards and gardens. Birdseed, restaurant leftovers, and garbage are all possible sources of attraction for javelina.

It is possible to acquire water from an irrigation line or by swishing water from a swimming pool or other nearby water source. The javelina will also burrow and roll in damp soil to keep cool during the hotter months, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

It is possible to find shelter in the form of a porch, a crawlspace below a mobile home, or any other cave-like building. A lack of sufficient protection will cause javelina to seek refuge in cooler summer climates and warmer winter climates in search of shade and warmth.

How to discourage javelina?

Create a frightening environment by making loud noises (e.g., banging pots or stomping on the floor), hurling tiny stones in their direction, or showering them with vinegar, garden hose water, or a large squirt cannon filled with dilute household ammonia (1 part ammonia, and 9 parts water). The smell of ammonia, along with nasal pain, will cause the javelina to run. Avoid spraying ammonia in the eyes, since even at this low concentration, it may cause irritation and inflammation. It is recommended that ammonia not be used in regions near wetlands because of its toxicity to fish and amphibians.

Open a gate and empty the area of all people so that the animal may find its way out on its own if it is chained or otherwise restricted. The Arizona Game and Fish Department or a wildlife removal firm should be contacted if the animal is still there the following day.

Last option to remove javelina

The removal of the javelina almost always results in the animal’s death. In certain cases, the javelina cannot be moved to owe to the potential that it is contaminated with a disease or that it has attacked and killed a person. As a result of a lack of food, water, and shelter; isolation from their herd; being killed by a vehicle or predator or another javelina defending its area; or as a result of a reaction to their capture, the majority of javelina do not survive relocation. If javelina causes substantial and/or recurrent property damage and all possible attractants have been removed, as well as other measures that have been attempted and failed, the Arizona Game and Fish Department may determine that javelina should be removed from a particular location. Additionally, wildlife management firms are allowed to use repellents to keep javelina away from their properties.


In this brief study, we answered the question, “can you eat a javelina?” and also talked about the appearance of javelina meat. Moreover, we discussed ways to prevent javelina attacks.