Animal Attacks: Do I Have Rights?
One might think that if he or she is attacked by a wild animal that there is no legal recourse. This may or may not be the case. In some instances, if a park or facility knew that a particular animal was a hazard and did nothing about it, they can be held liable if someone was seriously injured. If you are hurt seek medical attention immediately and keep all of your documentation.
Here in the desert, it is important to be aware that we are in fact surrounded by wildlife and take precautions to avoid adverse encounters. Back in 2009, a tourist was attacked by a wild Javalina at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. If you ever see a Javalina and fear for your safety, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Never approach a wild animal of any kind. Don’t feed a wild animal or Javalina, this will only attract them you. Keep your pets in an enclosed area, they are vulnerable to attacks too. If a you notice a Javalina problem in your area, report it to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
If you happen to be attacked by a Javalina or another wild animal, you can call Bache & Lynch for a free consultation at (520) 293.5300.