- A viral video shows Javelina digging up the golf course in Sedona, Arizona
- Groundskeepers apply chili oil to areas of the field to deter them
- Javelina is native to the southwestern region of the United States and is protected in Arizona
Arizona golfers were livid when giant, pig-like javelins ripped through the prestigious Seven Canyons Golf Club and left huge dents in the fairway.
A viral video shows the golf course in Sedona, Arizona being dug up by these wild boar-like creatures in search of food, sparking concerns among social media users about the extent of the damage.
The video, posted by Em Casey, an assistant superintendent at Seven Canyons Golf Club, has amassed 29 million views on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“What should be one of the finest golf courses in the country is being destroyed by spear herds,” Casey said.
Casey told Golf monthly that groundskeepers apply chili oil to certain areas of the course to deter javelinas, even though the deterrent doesn’t appear to be working.
A viral video shows the golf course in Sedona, Arizona being dug up by these wild boar-like creatures in search of food
To deter these animals, the groundskeepers apply chili oil to certain areas of the site
Javelina is native to the southwestern region of the United States and various parts of Central and South America
“These javelinas have a knack for digging things up,” general manager Dave Bisbee said in an interview with 12NEWS.
“They’re Southwest animals, they don’t like the heat of the Southwest on their grass lettuce,” Bisbee said.
Native to the southwestern region of the United States and various parts of Central and South America, the javelina is notorious for wreaking havoc in its forays across terrestrial areas.
The animals are protected in Arizona and killing the animals or setting traps is not an option for Casey and other employees.
The Seven Canyons Golf Club has been battling the perpetrators for several weeks but has been able to keep the course open.
Ground crews spent 150 to 300 hours a week cleaning up and repairing the damage caused by the beast to keep the golf course in pristine condition.
Bisbee said the animals have been to the golf course before and appear to be drawn to the area during Sedona’s dry, hot summers.
The Seven Canyons Golf Club has been dealing with the perpetrators for several weeks and has managed to keep the golf course open
Javelinas are notorious for wreaking havoc when roaming through earthy areas
“In my entire time up here, we’ve probably had seven cycles where the weather has caused this whole phenomenon,” Bisbee said.
The prestigious course spans 200 acres but is surrounded by 100,000 acres of the Coconino National Forest.
Javelinas apparently foraged for food on golf courses, said Russ McSpadden of the Center for Biological Diversity.
“They also eat a lot of cacti and other plants and do a really good job of dispersing the seeds of native plants,” McSpadden said.
According to the Texas Wildlife Service, several other measures besides chile oil are being considered to deter javelinas, including low-voltage electric fences and eliminating food sources to allow the animals to hunt elsewhere.
“One of the least understood and often feared animals that humans come into contact with is the javelina,” it says the guard.
“But aggressive encounters with people are very rare.” [They] can be very problematic for landowners as they adjust to houses and human activity.”