HUTCHINSON, KANSAS: PLEASE DON'T SHOOT THE PRAIRIE DOGS

A KANSAS TOWN WAS A PEACEFUL PLACE--UNTIL A COLONY OF RODENTS PITTED ANIMAL-RIGHTS ACTIVISTS AGAINST HOMETOWN BASEBALL FANS. THEN THE FUR BEGAN TO FLY

A troupe of self-described "environmental experts and old farts" are at their regular table at Skaets Steak Shop, the tiny cafe where they meet at the beginning of each day for breakfast and banter. The coming of spring has brought to the table a new topic to replace, for a moment, the wheat and the weather: the fate of a colony of prairie dogs that has taken up residence in the Kansas State Fairgrounds, right where the town of Hutchinson intends to build a couple of new baseball fields.

There is some consensus here, and indeed throughout Hutchinson, about what should...

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