We've seen some unusual "animals on the golf course" photos this year, and the most recent came from the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida this weekend. It's a Florida bobcat, trotting across the 10th tee.
That's not an everyday sight for most golfers, so we called Jerry Iorlano, shift captain for outside operations at the course. He gave us the back story on exactly what transpired and how he got the photo.
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The club has a swimming pool, and over the past six to eight months, installed a security camera in an attempt to catch uninvited guests who have been trespassing. There's a flatscreen monitor in the pro shop, and on Sunday morning, a couple of the employees just happened to look up in time to see a pair of bobcats move through the picture.
They radioed Iorlano, who took his camera and followed quietly behind the bobcats until they reached the 10th tee. At that point, one bobcat headed into the vegetation, but Iorlano was able to snap off a clear image as the other trotted across the back teeing ground.
According to Iorlano, an Okeechobee resident who has an extensive background in outdoor recreation, it's not unusual to find signs of bobcat activity on the course. If anything, he believes there are more bobcats on the property than raccoons. But they just don't show themselves very often. Iorlano thinks they were still prowling after dawn because it was a rainy and gray morning.
So let's add bobcats to this year's ever-growing list of odd animal incidents on golf courses:
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