The Javelina often confused with wild hogs are the only species of the peccary family native to the United States mostly found in south and central Texas. They are nocturnal animals during the hot summer months and in winter are active during early mornings and late afternoons. Their strong sharp teeth or “tusks” and instinct to defend themselves when cornered have given the javelina a long standing reputation of ferocity. Javelina travel as a pack or group and feed primarily on cacti, mesquite beans, frit, and insects. The adult male on average can grow from 46 to 60 inches in length and is usually 20 to 24 inches in height. In Texas the Javelina is considered a game animal and may be hunted with the proper hunting license and equipment.