New joggers in the parks: Rodents

A walk at a park is sure to give you a scare if you find more
of rats jogging than the humans!

Just imagine the walkers and joggers negotiating the pathways while trying to avoid stepping on the swarming rodents. This is so furious!

Many of the parks and gardens get riddled with holes due to the rodent infestation. Rats are also frequently seen raiding the rubbish bins in the parks.

There are many expensive plants in the parks and sometimes they get picked up by these rodents.

Visitors feed birds at the park that makes the matters worse because the food items they bring along attract rats by the hundreds to a free meal. At parks, joggers, walkers, and other habitués feed the birds, which brings rodent invasion. As the number of people feeding them is not large, there is little left for rodents, these pests attack the pigeons and other birds.

It is quite common to see dead pigeons in the park. It is observed that rodents first maim the birds by biting their legs and then feed on them.

Some parks have ponds and other water bodies wherein the aquatic rodents nest. These rodents litter the water bodies which can be led to spread of many water borne diseases.

Rodents find parks as their natural habitat, but what is it that attracts more rodents in the parks?

Rat invasion had got so immense in parks in Paris that it led to temporarily shut down of at least nine central parks and gardens to tackle the problem. Below is few more evidence where rodents have caused nuisance in parks.

Upper West Side assemblywoman pleads with city to stamp out rats in park

By Glenn Blain, August 8, 2017, New York Daily News

ALBANY — It’s the Upper Rat Side.

An Upper West Side assemblywoman says her district has been overrun by rats and she wants the city and state to do something about it.

Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, a Democrat, said her constituents have “all but given up” on using parks in her neighborhood because of the rodents and she charged that city officials have not allocated any funds to combat the rats in her district.

“City parks should not be playgrounds for rats,” said Rosenthal, who is one of the Capitol’s most prolific sponsors of animal rights bills.

Rosenthal complained that the city’s $32 million Neighborhood Rat Remediation Plan announced earlier this year did not contain any money for the Upper West Side, despite rats “literally jumping into” children’s strollers.”

Horrifying colony of huge rats and mice found in park as parents warned to protect children

By Helen Whitehouse, 26 May 2017, Mirror, UK

Shocking footage emerges of dozens of rodents scurrying about in the open in broad daylight

Some of the rats found in the park in Hull are described as “scarily large”.
Chairman of Friends of Pearson Park John Robinson said: “In any park you are going to get animals and wildlife but it does seem disturbing to see this in the middle of the day.

“The priority is safety and the council has to make sure that there is not a health risk in terms of young children because it is a fantastic facility.”

The plague is a blow to park users who are excited about plans to restore facilities such as a playground to the park.

Architect Hugh Massey had his plans approved earlier this year – and has previously told how the restorations will improve where he played as a boy.

He said at the time: “I played in the park as a boy so I am delighted planning permission has been secured.

Park keepers use traps to catch the rodents and then they throw the rats at a distant site after they are trapped by the cages and pads. However, the pads are unconventional since the rodents thrown at different sites can cause nuisance there. Rat poison used to get rid of rats can prove responsible for killing pets and innocent wildlife.

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