Rats (Still) Invade New York
Undeterred by the wild coyotes roaming parts of Harlem and Central Park, rats have moved beyond their old hangouts -- the city's subways, playgrounds and car parties -- and have become very comfortable in Upper Manhattan, which now boasts the highest infestation rate in the borough.
A recent Department of Mental Health and Hygiene report, according to DNAinfo, notes that rats got spotted at 306 out of 2,616 inspection sites in the area -- putting its infestation rate at a whopping 11.6 percent (which is actually a 4 percent decrease from the previous year.) The Lower East Side comes in second at 11.4 percent.
There seems to be a bit of disagreement about how to best handle the situation.
More from DNAinfo:
"The teeming rat population in Upper Manhattan spurred Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to call on the city to better fund its rat-fighting program last year, as it moved to cut 63 inspectors from the DOH's rolls in early 2011.
But Mayor Michael Bloomberg dismissed the concerns, saying 'the city is doing a great job' combating the pests."
Unclear how the city will wind up addressing this.
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