“My Life as a Golf Marshall” : Dealing with Wildlife: Surrounded by Skunks!

A golf course in an urban area like Toronto with its multitude of connected trails can lead to a panoply of wildlife.

Can I start with telling you I was held hostage by a group of four skunks on the 14th hole? The buggers surrounded my golf cart and was it because of the cherries I was munching? I shouted a warning to a group leaving the green and heading towards the white striped stinkpots and they gingerly took a detour leaving me behind. The humans that is! Oh shit were the buggers going to jump on my lap and ask for some cherries! Thank goodness no as the group on 13 was ready to hit and my cart was not facing them so an errant ball might strike the back of my head! I sped off delighted at this unique opportunity to encounter the “Untamed World”.

Coyotes have flourished since the pandemic even on my street in North York which in Toronto you might call mid town. They are stealthy hunters creeping slowly and quietly flat to the ground and when they see their pray bam! What have they done to the wildlife of the golf course? I have seen mangled ducks, partially eaten groundhogs and a decimated squirrel population. I have actually seen a coyote gobble down a squirrel after playing with it.

Geese and their shit is particularly bad on the 3rd approach shot to the green. Aside from a mangled and half-digested goose they are clever and head to the water when a coyote or fox is sighted. Yes I did hit a goose that started convulsing but it was back on its feet 5 minutes later.

Foxes are seen regularly and their diet of rabbit is in abundance in the dawn and dusk hours.

Deer are rarely seen but they are there and probably too big for coyote attacks.

Turtles are seen in the marshlands on the third hole as well as snakes.

Of course, the worst wildlife might be the macho golfers playing from the blue tees thinking they are professionals with lots of balls. Usually half of them really shouldn’t be playing from the blue tees. They are the braggarts with mighty swings that end up in the creek or far less than I can hit on the white intermediate tees.

So enjoy nature you golf Marshalls and if the coyotes follow you from the parking lot all the way to the 4th hole hope they are curious not hungry.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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