Wordless Wednesday – Golfing Coyote

Coyote at Golf Course

What's that over at the golf course?


Golf course coyote - Ithaca public golf course

Is that a golfing coyote?


Kayaking away from Coyote

That coyote has seen the back of us.


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  1. Eeek! Now that is something I have never seen before! Maybe I should go kayaking for a little adventure. :)

  2. I’m just amazed that Honey sits on the Kayak!

  3. LOL – why is there a giant coyote on the golf course?


  4. Ha ha ha! I’m awfully curious to hear the rest of the story!

    Was Honey a good kayaker?

    And thank you for the birthday wishes this morning! :)

  5. Mike Webster says:

    From the Husband, at Sam and houndstooth:

    We live in a benighted land where dogs are banned from certain downtown greenswards, such as the golf course and the city park. Both of these are adjacent to Ithaca’s Fall Creek, which constitutes “water on the Atlantic Flyway,” which translates to “hundreds of geese upon nearby greenswards from which dogs are banned,” which means bird poop. LOTS of bird poop.

    Since this cardboard coyote is posted at the edge of Fall Creek, we infer that it is some golf course manager’s idea of goose control. Judging from our field observations, it is unerringly effective to a range of about sixteen and a half feet (that’s about five meters for those of you in countries that have long since moved past Britain’s old Imperial System of measurement, which, of course, is every other country on the planet, including Britain).

    Some geese just set up behind the next intervening patch of marsh grasses, where they can’t see it. We picture Mama Goose saying to Papa Goose, “Come on, honey, grab the goslings and let’s park down here a ways. That photo creeps me out.”

    It also amuses us to speculate that a goose could land within 3.28084 feet (one meter) of the *side* of the photo and, seeing it on edge, settle down for a comfortable nap without ever getting a good read on the image.

    So we figure that if the golf course keepers just tweak this strategy with another four hundred cardboard coyotes posted at ten-foot (3m) intervals and facing in a variety of directions along the entire length of the course’s shore line, their success will be complete.

    Or they could, you know, get a dog.

  6. Ha! Before I read Mike’s comment I assumed this was to keep the deer off the golf course. I didn’t even think of the goose problem.

    It drives me crazy that dogs aren’t allowed on golf courses. It seems like the perfect sport in which to enjoy with your dog. There is one just a few blocks away from us with big “no dogs” signs all over the fences. Because I am a rule follower, I never take Shiva there. But my husband has been known to crawl under the fence in the winter with the dog and let her run around off-leash all over their pristine course. He is certainly not the only one to due to either.

    • I’m with you. I might try golf if it were dog friendly. We occasionally take Honey to play mini-golf, however, and that’s just fine.

      I avoid the golf course in the summer. But in the winter we walk right by the sign featuring a silhouette of a German Shepherd with a line through it. I reason that since Honey’s not a German Shepherd, it must be fine. :)

  7. Funny! I bet letting dogs on the golf course would be a better way to keep the Geese away. I heard about this Border Collie who was trained to do just that. Plus, even with the number of people who don’t pick up after their dog it will still be less poop.

    • Amen. The place where we’re kayaking has the “no dogs allowed” golf course on the left and the “no dogs allowed” city park on the right. The park is particularly infested with geese and about once a year some not very bright person writes a rant to the local paper complaining about all the dog poop.

      Even allowing people to walk their dogs on leash would make it a less hospitable place for the geese.

  8. I think one good dog could equal many cardboards. A lot of enlightened locales “hire” dogs to discourage befouling creatures.

    Good for Honey for being such a good seaman. Misty would be in the water in a second and Timmy would be back in the car if I attempted such an activity.

    • I suspect some high-energy dogs in the area would be glad for geese-chasing work. Even the best cardboard coyote won’t work for long.

      I love imagining you planning a kayaking trip with Misty and Timmy. :)

      We’re lucky that Honey doesn’t care to swim. She’s really happy to splash around in the shallows.

      I think the amazing new smells on the creek keep her interested in going. Oh, and the liverwurst on the floor doesn’t hurt either. :)

  9. So why is there a flat coyote on the golf course?

    • My husband wrote a colorful explanation above. The short answer is to scare the geese away from the greens. Crazy, huh?

  10. We live on the golf course and often times see coyotes. They’re really not that scared of humans and sometimes come out in packs. Although they’re smaller than my dogs I still try to stay inside whenever I see them.

    Maybe the wolf is there to scare off the squirrels?

    Happy Wednesday!

    • This golf course is in the city limits so it’s much more likely to see Canada geese (which is what the “flat coyote” is there to scare off) and deer. Oh yeah, and squirrels. :)

  11. Ha! We actually have a business in town called Geese Guys (http://geeseguys.com/) I’ve have seem them around . .your golf courses are missing out!! Honey really is so cute in that kayak :)

  12. Before I read Mr Webster’s comment, I thought I’d have to write a polite “Please explain!” comment!

    I don’t understand how Honey can be so calm in a kayak and not get into a bike cart. As I recall, she’s not particularly fond of water?

    • The key to the kayak is that it’s open to the sky. She’s not crazy about it moving under her feet but at least she feels she can get away easily if she has to. As a matter of fact, as we approached the lake from the creek and the water got a little choppy, Honey made a move as if she wanted to jump out of the boat.

      She seems to like water so launching the kayak from the shallows is fine. It’s swimming she doesn’t like. That might actually be a good trait for a boat dog–I’ve seen water crazy labs jump off power boats coming into shore at the lake.

      And now, I’m off to write a review about a water crazy dog who did jump off a boat off the coast of Queensland. Hope you’ll come back to make “expert” comments.