Rat hunters converge on city landfill

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Aug 9, 2013 in Rat News | Subscribe

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Rat Patrol members from other municipalities have been drafted into Medicine Hat’s battle against the rodents with officials upping the total of the dead vermin now found to 60.
“We have confirmed we have people coming from Wainwright, Vermillion River any Bonnyville,” said Medicine Hat waste manager Ed Jollymore.
“So we’ll have a team of specialists who will be able to help us focus on the rats.”
Jollymore clarified the bull snakes also drafted into the war against the rats will not be placed directly into the landfill but in environmental reserves surrounding the dump.
He also repeated that the benefits of the media attention garnered through the infestation has included a broader public awareness of the importance of Alberta’s rat-free status.
“We have at least one household where there was pet rats being raised (in Medicine Hat) and it’s being investigated,” said Jollymore of the benefits connect to the recent media spotlight put on the city’s rodents.
Meanwhile, the city of Calgary says a dead Norway rat has been found in a southeast neighbourhood.
The city says the rodent was collected by a bylaw officer after a resident found the rat near his property.
The Animal Bylaw Services Department suspects the rat was an escaped pet, but officials have been unable to confirm that.
No other evidence of rat activity has been found in the area.
The neighbourhood will be monitored on an ongoing basis until bylaw officers are satisfied there are no further rats.
-With files from The Canadian Press

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