Hungry rats are sowing fear to parents and nannies of babies in New York City’s Upper West Side because of the rodents’ increasing population.
The rat problem even becomes worse when it rains as it creates a disgusting situation, prompting angry parents to say they’ve had enough.
A Democrat assemblywoman in the Upper West Side is pleading to New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, also a Democrat, for action as her district has been overrun by rodents.
Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal even said her constituents have stopped using parks in her neighborhood because of the problem. She said city officials have not allocated enough money to address the rat problem in her district.
They also cannot use rat poison because it was banned in the area as it could kill red-tailed hawks, a much beloved animal in the neighborhood.
But parents are up in arms because of the situation. “It’s a safety concern. They’re emboldened, they’re all over the parks… it’s broad daylight, the playgrounds are full and the rats are running around,” said Upper West Side mom Karen Messing.
Last month, Mayor de Blasio declared the city will allocate $32 million to lower the rat population by 70 percent.
100% Fed Up reports:
Why not poison the rats? Because hawks might get sick from eating poisoned rats. Better to let the rats breed out of control and attack baby strollers.