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He even witnessed the crime in early May, a little more than a month after the course opened for the season. He was golfing with his son when they watched a fox intercept another golfer’s ball and disappear into the trees.

As more reports piled up, a pattern developed. The fox was most active on the holes adjacent to the park — 4, 5 and 6 — and in the evenings, starting at 6 or 7 p.m.

They posted signs in the clubhouse, warning golfers about the fox and instructing them to clap if it gets too close. “We want the fox to not get close to people,” Foreman said. “We want them to report it if it gets aggressive.”

The golf course is doing the right thing, said Steve Beal, Lincoln’s Animal Control manager: Hazing the animals lets them know you’re present.


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Beal isn’t a biologist but, based on his experience, he suspects the fox is driven by curiosity. It sees the golf balls as playthings, not prey.

And it’s building a collection. As far as Foreman knows, none of this season’s stolen property has been recovered yet.

“Somewhere, there’s a stash of quite a few golf balls.”


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Photos: Critters in the streets and yards of Lincoln

WATCH: Coyote in driveway on South 57th in Lincoln

Deer

Deer at Holmes Lake Park



Wildlife near 76th and Van Dorn

Plains leopard frog

Plains leopard frog

Plains leopard frog



Baby owl and wood ducks

Baby owl and wood ducks

Baby owl and wood ducks



Turtle on South 86th Street

Turtle on South 86th Street

Turtle on South 86th Street



Coyote off Sawgrass Drive

Coyote off Sawgrass Drive

Coyote off Sawgrass Drive



Wilson’s phalarope (female)

Wilson's phalarope (female)

Wilson’s phalarope (female) at Oak Lake on April 27.



Ducks on Rancho Road

Ducks on Rancho Road

Ducks on Rancho Road



Coyote

Coyote

Coyote at Phares Park Monday, April 27.



Beaver

Beaver

South First and J streets on March 30.



Political ducks?

Political ducks?

“On a walk yesterday evening, my wife and I spotted these two ducks at 16th and J, just east of the State Capitol. We weren’t certain if they were lost or merely wanted to visit the Capitol building,” Bill Davenport said.



Pioneers Park ducks

Pioneers Park ducks

Duckling at Pioneers Park.



Golf wildlife

Golf wildlife

On the No. 1 fairway at The Highlands on Sunday, April 26.



Upton Grey Lane and Thompson Creek

Upton Grey Lane and Thompson Creek

Upton Grey Lane and Thompson Creek



Ducks in yard

Ducks in yard

Ducks in yard at 35th and C. “We got a duck egg laid in our yard,” Beth Haase said.



WATCH: Baby fox on Yankee Hill Road near 27th

Turkey time

Turkey time

Turkeys at the corner of Old Cheney and Frontier Road on Saturday, April 25, 2020.



Heron on Bowling Lake

Heron on Bowling Lake

Heron on Bowling Lake



White moth on Runza drive-thru on West O in May 2019

White moth on Runza drive-thru on West O in May 2019

White moth on Runza drive-thru on West O in May 2019



Fox

Fox

A reader said this fox at 3910 is a Husker fan.


Victoria Ayotte Brown


Coyote

Coyote

This coyote was spotted near 77th and Van Dorn streets in November by Peggy Stark.


Victoria Ayotte Brown


Bobcat

Bobcat

This bobcat was found in the Lincoln VA building.


Victoria Ayotte Brown


Deer next to O Street

Deer next to O Street

A yearling deer at First and O. 


Victoria Ayotte Brown


Pair of Cooper’s Hawks

Pair of Cooper's Hawks

Cooper’s Hawks birds recently took to spending time in a central Lincoln backyard.



Fox

Fox

Mother and kit fox are living in a backyard near 27th and Sheridan.  



Watch: Fox plays in the snow

Fox

Fox

A fox living on an acreage near Lincoln.


Victoria Ayotte Brown


Possum

Possum

Possum



Raccoons sharing a meal

Raccoons sharing a meal

Raccoons sharing a meal



Fox catches squirrel at capitol

Video: Red fox in Lincoln

Armadillo in Lincoln

Armadillo in Lincoln

Lincoln police spotted an armadillo running downtown near 13th and O streets early Tuesday.



Snake on deck

Snake on deck

15th and South area.



Robin’s eggs

Robin's eggs

Robin’s eggs in the 15th and South area.



Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed.



Young possum hiding in a clay tile

Young possum hiding in a clay tile

Young possum hiding in a clay tile.



Goslings

Goslings

LINCOLN, NE – 05/10/2018 – A dozen Canada geese goslings go for cruise around a pond with their parents on warm spring day on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Pioneers Park. FRANCIS GARDLER, Journal Star



Geese

Geese

A pair of goslings flap their developing wings as they munch on grass with their siblings and parents on 80-plus-degree day on Thursday on the banks of a pond at Pioneers Park.



Snake

Snake

The snake at Oak Lake Park dog run can be seen in this photo.



Ducks

Ducks

Ducks nesting in a Lincoln backyard.



Coyote

Coyote

Lincoln Animal Control received several photos of coyotes near Holmes Park, including this one spotted about a month ago near 6100 Normal Blvd. 



Backyard critter

Backyard critter

A possum on the deck.



Pelicans

Pelicans

Pelicans can be seen at Capitol Beach Lake.


Kevin Abourezk


Turkey

Turkey

A wild turkey at 30th and Sherman



Video: Coyote playing with dog

Leftovers

Leftovers

Big Red Worms is offering a chance for Lincolnites to compost their decaying pumpkins.



Lincoln-area wildlife

Lincoln-area wildlife



Deer

Deer

A whitetail deer found himself on the course along the west fence at the Country Club of Lincoln on May 12, 2016. The male is starting to lose his gray/brown winter coat.



Foxes

Foxes

Five fox kits follow the lead of an adult fox and stay alert for danger in east Lincoln.



Turkeys

Turkeys

Turkeys out taking a walk near Sheridan Boulevard.



Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers on a fence.



Critter

Critter

Backyard spider in web.



Squirrel

Squirrel

A squirrel at Pioneers Park.



Raccoon

Raccoon

A raccoon on an acreage near Wahoo.



Critters

Critters



Critters

Critters



Critters

Critters



Critters

Critters

A paper monarch at the Sunken Gardens



Critters

Critters

A dragonfly at the Sunken Gardens.



Critters

Critters

A garden spider weaves a wondrous web in the backyard.



Butterfly

Butterfly

A painted lady butterfly alights on a white zinnia Tuesday.



Dragonfly

Dragonfly

A dragonfly at the Sunken Gardens.



Deer in Yard

Deer in Yard

A doe found a comfy place to rest in June 2015 in the backyard of a house on the 1800 block of D Street.



Bald Eagle at Branched Oak Lake

Bald Eagle at Branched Oak Lake

Freelance photographer Gary Schenaman says he walked about a half-mile through snow and brush to set up a ground blind at Branched Oak Lake in mid-February, then waited about four hours for a collection of bald eagles to arrive. Lincoln Children’s Zoo President & CEO John Chapo said the bald eagle in the photo is an adult, noting that its head is white in plumage. “Immature birds do not have the complete white head,” Chapo noted.

Schenaman reports having observed between 40 and 50 eagles at the lake.



Baby Owls in Tree

Baby Owls in Tree

A group of four young Eastern screech owls huddle in a tree under the watchful eye of a nearby parent on July 1, 2014, at Dean and Emily Kline’s house in northeast Lincoln. Ellie Kline, 4, the Kline’s granddaughter, spotted the owls and promptly woke up her grandpa to tell him the news.



County Fair Chicken

County Fair Chicken

LINCOLN, NEB – 08/27/2014 – One of 9-year-old Evan Merrell’s Black Orpington chickens in it’s backyard pen on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. DAN LITTLE/Lincoln Journal Star



Sunken Gardens

Sunken Gardens

Salvia Mystic Spires is a deer-resistant perennial, but attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies and pollinators like this bumblebee, which paid a visit Wednesday at the Sunken Gardens.



Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk

Lincoln Memorial Park red-tailed hawk.



Birds of winter

Birds of winter

A Cardinal and two gold finches wait for a warmer spring day in Pioneers Park on Monday.



Turkey

Turkey

A wild turkey steps through a child’s sandbox as it grazes through a yard near 53rd and “J” Streets, on Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014, in an area where it has been spotted frequently in the mornings and evenings in recent weeks. Turkeys were wiped out in the state of Nebraska by about 1915, according to the Nebraska Game & Parks Commission, but were successfully reintroduced to the state beginning in 1959. Some of the birds seem to have found that citys offer a favorable ratio of food to predators. ERIC GREGORY/Lincoln Journal Star



“And they’re off”

Leaving a wake of temporary water divots behind them, a pair of water fowl skim across the surface of Holmes Lake to join a group of fellow water birds who were feeding in a cove Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at Holmes Lake Park.



Baby robins

Baby robins

Lincoln, NE – 7/8/2013 – Baby robins clamor for food in their oak tree nest on Monday, July 8, 2013, in the 40th and A Neighborhood. GWYNETH ROBERTS/Lincoln Journal Star



Audubon Tour bird and peanuts

Audubon Tour bird and peanuts

A blue jay picks up peanuts in the Eastridge backyard June 4, 2013.



Rabbit

Rabbit

A rabbit, enjoying some peace and quiet on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013. The university canceled classes because of the snowstorm.



Urban deer sighting

Urban deer sighting

A deer was spotted roaming at Ryons Street and Sheridan Boulevard in Lincoln in 2010.



Pelican

Pelican

A pelican flaps its wings at Capitol Beach in Lincoln on Wednesday morning, Nov. 30, 2011. One Capitol Beach resident is worried about the bird’s health, and the Wildlife Rescue Team is working on a plan to help. (FRANCIS GARDLER/Lincoln Journal Star)



Robins

Robins

It’s true, the early bird does get the worm! This robin pecked around the grass around 10:42 a.m. to find a juicy morning snack at Holmes Lake Park on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2011. Warmer weather returned to the Lincoln area after Monday’s chilly, windy gusts. (FRANCIS GARDLER / Lincoln Journal Star)



Brown-headed nuthatch

Brown-headed nuthatch

A pair of Brown-headed Nuthatches, a rarity for Nebraska, were spotted during the annual Christmas Bird Count in Lincoln. (Courtesy photo)



Foxes in backyard

Foxes in backyard

Backyard foxes at 27th and Lake in Lincoln.



Mourning doves

Mourning doves

27th and Lake



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Coopers Hawk backyard 27th and Lake

Coopers Hawk backyard 27th and Lake

Coopers Hawk backyard 27th and Lake



Vultures on William Street

Vultures on William Street

Vultures on William Street.



Reach the writer at 402-473-7254 or psalter@journalstar.com.

On Twitter @LJSPeterSalter

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