Who knew that foxes liked to play a little golf now and then?

Well, I did ‘cause there’s a fox on a golf course 10 miles from my house who does exactly the same thing. And. In addition to golf balls, they like to play with shoes, gloves, shotgun shells, and plastic trucks. Herewith, an item from my “Earth Almanac” column in Audubon: It’s a major challenge to find a place in North America without red foxes, the most widespread terrestrial carnivore on earth. And you don’t have to leave suburbia to find their dens. Look for a mound of dirt and a burrow on a wooded slope. If it’s a fox den, the entrance is likely to be lined with bones and feathers and such playthings as shoes, gloves, shotgun shells, and plastic trucks. In May the plump, fuzzy pups begin to venture outside the den. They are not yet afraid of humans. No harm to sit for an hour and snap photos as they loll in the sun, play tug-of-war with their toys, or wrestle with each other, turning somersaults. A pup may even waddle over and sniff you. One reason for the astonishing success of this species is that it will eat almost anything—carrion, small mammals, turtles, frogs, fish, birds, eggs, insects, worms, fruit, nuts, grain. A red fox will pick berries with great delicacy, one at a time, puckering its lips. www.hattiesburgamerican.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060707/SPORTS/607070307/1006