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Reprinted with permission from Voice of San Diego.
By Rob Davis, for voiceofsandiego.org
A country club near Chula Vista’s Eastlake had a gnawing problem.
Coots. Lots and lots of coots.
The small, black bird that looks like a duck was chewing greens and fairways on the club’s golf course, pooping so much near the snack bar that it occasionally closed for cleanups. Birds are attracted to golf courses’ open space, a common problem in heavily developed Southern California. The private country club — records aren’t specific about which one — suspected the coots were hurting their bottom line.