As much as I like some of this band’s great music, I am writing of the plague that occurs in my neighborhood during early November each year. With uncut pumpkins adorning our doorways and gates, we celebrate not only the onset of autumn but also the arrival of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Our pumpkins however, never make it that long.
Living in an area where the most heady crime is toilet paper strewn through trees and cacti, this is always a bit disturbing. I’m left to wonder what delinquent youth has it out for my holiday gourds. Perhaps they didn’t like our Halloween candy?
This year, not only did they take it out on the pumpkin, but the careless ones also backed up into my herb garden which really kicks into beautiful growth this time of year.
Sneaky as they are, I was prepared for the vandals this year. With an out of sight camera tied to a motion detector we waited patiently for the unruly clan to make their raid. And don’t worry, I wasn’t going to turn them in – the plan was simply to invite them back for clean up the next morning – really early.
So when I woke to find pumpkin seeds strewn across the porch, I grabbed the camera to unveil the culprits.
Here they are! Not at all what I was expecting and despite the damage, I’m a bit tickled. This is a pack of wild pigs called Javalina that live in the desert. We rarely see them but clearly they know when it’s pumpkin time. Javalina are also referred to Peccaries or skunk pigs – the latter nickname for their pungent odor. They travel in bands of 15 or so and warn away predators by gnashing their teeth.
Mystery solved. Lesson learned. Keep an open mind. Enjoy the tune.