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Cholla Attack: Golf Course Workers Save Coyote Pup

An uplifting story from the Arizona Republic's Cecilia Chan on Pebblebrook Golf Course workers saving a coyote pup covered by chollas as its terrified mom looked on.

From Chan's account:

The pup apparently ran headfirst into a cactus Tuesday and was stumbling around in pain when Jose Soto, a Pebblebrook Golf Course maintenance worker, and Assistant Superintendent Shawn Bordine came to the rescue.

Cactus spines pierced at least a quarter of an inch into the pup, its face entirely hidden by the prickly plant, a hand-sized cholla joint clinging to its tail.

“I was shocked to see this little one tumbling over and over and over, covered head to foot with these little chunks of cholla,” resident Gwen Maxwell said Wednesday. “On my goodness, it put me in shock it was so horrible to see.”

A gallery of Ms. Maxwell's photos accompany the story.

Painful viewing yes, but a testament to the surgery by Pebblebrook's finest.

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Reader Comments (15)

Put me down on the side of coyotes. I love playing early mornings in New Mexico and seeing them run around the course. Good for Jose and Shawn!
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Me, too. In that part of the country the coyotes were there first. And most southwestern ranchers are wards of the BLM anyway...Bureau of Livestock and Mining ;-)
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Good job!
05.16.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
LMAO. Really? My posts were objectionable? Rick and KLG, did you guys say, "wow, that dude really crossed the line" as you responded? So polite as to be borderline smarmy.

And yet Tiger Hater runs rampant. A clue perhaps.

I guess it's okay to crusade against the California red-legged frog and the San Francisco garter snake. If they preyed on young deer, sheep and occasionally small children would they be off limits?

It's a shame. Geoff's books are so necessary and well reasoned which is why I read this blog in the first place. No longer. Have fun boys and girls.
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeán O'Nuallain
And to think, I almost replied to Sean about lambs and things, "Ummm, lamb chops" in the way that Homer Simpson talks about donuts. That would have been, will be, disappeared, I suppose. ???
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
I live onthe far NW side of Chicago. About a month or so ago a coyote came trotting down the sidewalk in front of my home. It was an incredible sight!
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyH
Actually Sean, I thought you had a pretty funny post! Sorry to see you go. I kind of agree with Ky on the lamb chops!

LadyH - love it! We see them all the time at night around here, but it isn't quite NW Chicago. BTW, gonna be up there at Eagle Ridge in a couple of weeks, as well as Olympia Fields. Sweet!
05.16.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Yep, wishing harm on animals--a harmless pup in this case--is not only objectionable, it's mildly disturbing.
05.16.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
According to Wikipedia "Coyotes are presently the most abundant livestock predators in western North America, causing the majority of sheep, goat and cattle losses."
Good story. Without nature's natural predators on and around golf courses then the lovely furry and cute animals (gophers, rabbits, moles, and all) will overrun the place. Sean above appears to be confusing ruthless feline animals with those of the hurt, injured, and helpless dog variety.

And I believe that the infamous SF Garter snake and Red legged frog appeared AFTER that freshwater lagoon was installed way back in the 30's. Those two creatures were never supposed to be there in the first place and the irony and hubris on the part of SF's green terrorist community is almost comical. They're anti-everything what makes us human. Too bad their parents didn't think the same and we'd have been saved alot of BS and be free to go out and play golf.
05.17.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
My initial comment was "Around here, 10 out of 10 ranchers volunteered to finish the job the cholla started."

After Rick and KFG responded I wrote "Some guys are puppy people. Some guys are lamb/fawn people."

An hour or two later Geoff deleted both of my posts.

I indicated I was done with this blog and indeed I'm done reading Geoff anywhere he publishes. I had hoped to leave it at that but Geoff has since characterized me as "wishing harm on animals", "objectionable" and "mildly disturbing". Since he made those comments after removing mine I am posting here now to set the record straight and lay out only the facts. My recreation of my posts is pretty much verbatim as I think others can/will confirm.

Hopefully this will stay up long enough for those who are interested, if any, to make up their own minds. I'm not going to editorialize at all and whether this post disappears or not I won't chime back in.
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSeán O'Nuallain
Ahhhh, Rick, you're going to enjoy Eagle Ridge. The town of Galena is nice too, went to a museum that had a very large magnificent painting of Grant & Lee, I think I found it in this link:

Will never forget the description...Grant thought Lee was such a good looking man and he felt humbled by the thought of Lee surrending to him. I love art, but this museum was full of civil war memorabilia. If you get a chance it's just a block or so off the main street.
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyH
LadyH - thanks for the advice! We'll have a couple of days there so we will check out the town and museum. The college kid we are picking up is a big history fan so we will enjoy it!
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
If you go you will enjoy. That magnificent painting is what I remember most from our trip. Gondola was closed so I can't comment on that. Have fun!
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLadyH
Sean, Geoff only added the 'mildly' later.
05.17.2013 | Unregistered CommenterT. Mitchell

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