Listen:

Download as MP3

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is investigating a possible poaching case of javelinas near the Saguaro National Park.

On Thursday, the agency responded to a scene near Old Spanish Trail and Irvington Road where remains of up to 10 javelinas were discovered.

“We are investigating this as a possible case of poaching,” said Mark Hart, spokesman for Arizona Game and Fish.

Although poaching is the focus of the investigation, Hart said the department cannot rule out the possibility that no illegal activities were involved in the dumping of javelina remains.

“The remains were just the heads and pelts,” he said. “They had been skinned out, which suggests that they may have been taken legally during a hunt.”

However, after reviewing records in the Tucson area, he said the possibility that the javelinas were hunted legally is less likely.

Poaching, or illegally taking wildlife is a second-class misdemeanor. The penalty can be up to six months of jail time and a $750 fine. The department is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

Yoohyun Jung is a University of Arizona journalism student and apprentice at Arizona Public Media