Last spring this blog mentioned the problems suburbanites in southern Johnson County were having with coyotes kiling the family dogs, and now it seems that the problem has resurfaced. Instead of putting a stop to house construction in areas where coyotes live or subdivision associations that prohibit fences, Overland Park has decided to legalize animal traps.
Perhaps this is part of their economic stimulus plan, to encourage a new industry of fur trappers in the suburbs. And perhaps this makes sense. Kansas City was founded by fur trappers like Francois Chouteau, and Overland Park has built itself largely on poaching industries from Kansas City. The two threads are intertwined throughout our history.