About 15 years ago, I can’t remember exactly the year, a guy I was playing with hit a screaming worm-burner just as a duck wandered into his vision and was struck by his golf ball, killing it instantly.
The fellow was a mess afterwards and although he continued to play, it was obvious that the incident with the duck was tearing him apart and that continued into the 19th hole, where he remained quiet as we quenched our respective thirsts.
His reaction to the incident is what I remembered when I read this letter from the Sachem and Glanbrook Gazette, based in Caledonia, Ont. In particular, I find hard to believe that a golf course left a coyote pup to suffer on a green for several days.
The most cold-hearted way to look at it is that the pup would have been in the way of patrons, but beyond that, golfers are human, quite like the guy who hit the duck, and for that reason as well, it’s unlikely that they would have ignored this suffering animal.
Golfers at this Southern Ontario golf course were upset when they heard a deer that they had adopted as a pet had been strangled and hanged. As a matter of fact, the golf course was in the process of moving the deer to a petting zoo for his own safety.
Over the years, I’ve heard rusting in bushes only to see a curious deer trot out, although they haven’t gotten quite as aggressive as these two guys recently at Spyglass Hill at Pebble Beach.
Over the years, I’ve seen foxes, coyotes, hawks, eagles, geese and, from a distance, black bears on golf courses.
Watch the laughs that a couple of clown baby bears get from golfers in this video from the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia that was taken last year.
Judging from the comments by the guys shooting the video, they hardly seem like they plan to do any damage to the cubs. If anything, I’d advise them to keep an eye out for mama bear, who won’t take kindly to her offspring having an audience.
Predators are a potential problem. As this story describes, a cougar that was recently spotted near the Victoria Golf Course led police and dogs on a wild chase before finally being corralled and moved back into the wild.
A few years ago, I saw a couple of golf carts come speeding by us as we were teeing off at a golf course in Arizona. It turned out that one of the group had just been bitten by a rattlesnake that had been under his golf cart and the race was on for anti-venom.
Golfers meeting wildlife is nothing new and seems to be happening more these days as development takes up more land. It’s been my experience that animals are just a nice break from your round and quite often entertaining.
That’s why I would believe that the incident in the letter is, at most, an isolated incident, but I have trouble believing it even happened.
How do golfers and staff at the golf operation where you’re employed generally react to wildlife? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and if you have any stories about wildlife and golf mixing, please tell us about it in the Comments section below.
How would you describe the general attitude of golfers and staff at the golf operation where you’re employed towards wildlife?
- They look forward to seeing wildlife. (91%)
- They tolerate wildlife. (9%)
- We quite often get complaints about wildlife. (0%)