Animal lovers and shopping mall owners are waging a stealth battle over a prairie dog colony next to a Home Depot store in Hutchinson, Kan. According to an article in the Hutch News, the colony of burrowing rodents, which has existed next to the store for years, recently began expanding into open land south of the mall. So the property management has been placing sandbags on top of the new holes for several weeks.
But the sandbags keep disappearing. Mall security speculated that citizens have been removing them to open up the holes. At least two people have been caught doing so by mall security and asked to leave the property, the article reported.