Citizen complaint of the day: Fat and sassy North End rats no longer even bother to scurry

A disgusted citizen files a 311 complaint about the lazy rat sauntering down Lewis Street in the middle of the day like nobody's business:

Big fat RAT strolling about on Lewis St in broad daylight! Situation in North End is obviously out of control. Rats are not running anymore!

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Ratty

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Still wanna know what he did to piss off the twitter gods to be banned as long as he was...

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Rat could be in the throes of death - poison

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I think just about every restaurant and food business in the North End has a bait station with poison, in addition to what the city does. It takes a few hours for them to die, and they may appear slow and unafraid but are actually dying. I believe I recently posted that hawks are actually being killed off from eating slow, dying rats full of poison.

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Ratty rat rats

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Friend of mine lived on Endicott St in a nasty four floor rat-infested bldg. in a period of four to five months they found close to 70 dead rats in their basement, all poisoned by well-positioned bait traps. Nothing could keep these critters out of the house, and nothing could get the city to take notice. The area is totally infested, especially in the alleys backing up to the restaurants.

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It's an old area with old

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It's an old area with old buildings, there is always going to be lots of rats.

Perhaps if you demolished the building a rebuilt you could stave some off, but there is only so much landlords can do.

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Cats

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I've been saying it forever.. cats. We need hoards of cats. Cities could start groups to help maintain/feed them.

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Dad ran a store on Summer St

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Dad ran a store on Summer St and had a couple of live in cats. Took care of any rodent issue in this old multiple story building.

Not only that, they were fun to have around. Fed and cared for and had the whole building to themselves at night. Not too bad of a life.

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But then what do we use to

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But then what do we use to catch the cats? Dogs?

Will this end with an old lady swallowing a horse?

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Mouse in motel room

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Bring in cat to remove mouse
Cat then refuses to leave
Bring in dog to remove cat
Dog then becomes problem
Bring in tiger to remove dog
Tiger is now the problem
Bring in lion to get rid of tiger
Lion then becomes bigger proble
Send in an elephant to remove lion.
Then the elephant becomes a major issue
What do you do now?

Bring in a mouse, of course.

from the Looney Tunes short Dime to Retire

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Outdoor cats cause other problems...

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They don't just go after the rats, but also birds. While I wouldn't mind seeing somewhat fewer pigeons (a.k.a. rats with wings) I'd hate to see other bird populations decimated by hordes of cats.

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Guess what?

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The bird populations are already impacted by hoards of rats.

This isn't a zero sum game.

Stop listening to cat-hating extremists and think the entire ecosystem through.

Oh, and decimated means 1 out of 10.

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adorable?

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or not?

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No picture?

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Didn't happen. You saw a cat.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch

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Somehow, the rats seen in the

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Somehow, the rats seen in the city are always described as 'big,' 'huge,' 'as big as a .....". But any exterminator will tell you that they get so big, and never bigger.

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