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SARASOTA, Fla., June 13 (UPI) -- Officials at a Florida golf course said they do not know the origins of a 10-inch brown prairie dog living along a cart path.

The Bobby Jones Golf Club in Sarasota has been home to the prairie dog for the past couple of weeks and officials said they have cordoned off an area near Hole 1 to protect the critter, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reported Monday.

"He's a new conversation piece at Bobby Jones Golf Club," golf pro Christian Martin said. "It's a buzz right now for sure."

Prairie dogs are not usually found further east than Missouri, but golf course officials said some area pet stores sell the animals as pets. Martin said he believes the animal, which seems comfortable around humans, likely used to be a pet.

"It's a pretty cool little critter, and I just hope it doesn't dig up the golf course," he said.





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