Thursday, September 03, 2009
The Sharp Little Fox
Certain environmental groups have been trying to shut down Sharp Park Municipal Golf Course, which is in the center of the small beach town of Pacifica, claiming that there are endangered species which are being negatively impacted by the golf course.
This has provoked a spirited defense from the mostly working class citizens who actually use the golf course, and they've created a website called the "SF Public Golf Alliance."
Part of the real pleasure for me on this inexpensive muni is the sheer profusion of wildlife that feels comfortable around humans, from huge herons to garter snakes to the fox who kept appearing at various holes on the back nine yesterday.
I'd never really had a chance to be near a fox before, and since I despise zoos and putting animals in cages, getting a chance to watch one in the wild was a rare joy.
Though foxes look more like dogs than cats, there is a distinctly feline element to their movement and the way they were interacting with humans.
"I'm enjoying the view next to the eighteenth green," it seemed to be saying, "so play around me."