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Old 05-20-2011, 09:24 AM   #1
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At Cottonwood campground in Big Bend National Park, all manner of animals came to visit.


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We spent a week there and did it all. Big place with lots of animals. Watch out for the wild pigs. They are really stupid and almost blind but they can smell you at one hundred feet. Deer, rabbits and all kind of wildlife.

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We will be there in about 2 months. We love it in the mountains. Are they still bartering walking sticks at the hot springs?
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I was there for my anual winter trip and they had just finished the re-do on the campgorund in the Basin. Although it really makes the staff mad, I drove my 34dp to the Basin and found no less than 8 sites that I could fit in. Had another great stay and loved it! Those "wild pigs" are actually not pigs in the ordinary sense, they are peccary.

A peccary (plural peccaries; also javelina and skunk pig; Portuguese javali and Spanish jabalí, sajino or pecarí) is a medium-sized mammal of the family Tayassuidae, or New World Pigs. Peccaries are members of the artiodactyl suborder Suina, as are the pig family (Suidae) and possibly the hippopotamus family (Hippopotamidae).[1] They are found in the southwestern area of North America and throughout Central and South America. Peccaries usually measure between 90 to 130 centimetres (3.0 to 4.3 ft), and a full-grown adult usually weighs between about 20 to 40 kilograms (44 to 88 lb).
People often confuse peccaries, which are found in the Americas, with the pig family which originated in Afro-Eurasia, especially since some domestic pigs brought by European settlers have escaped over the years and now run wild as razorback hogs in many parts of the United States.
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We were there in March and the sticks and wire figures were there on the trails. Signs warned that it was illegal to buy and/or posses these items. They leave a jar asking for contributions to get around the buying, but we did not see a way around the possessing and left well enough alone.
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