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Should Boston Start Giving Rats Contraceptives? – NBC Boston

By meerna Jul11,2024
Should Boston Start Giving Rats Contraceptives? – NBC Boston

Boston City Council is considering a new tactic to combat the growing rodent population.

Ward 5 Councilman Enrique Pepen is calling for a hearing to discuss rat contraceptive traps after a pilot program in Jamaica Plain showed signs of success.

Instead of releasing rat poison, which can make animals and children sick, they place water traps with a nontoxic contraceptive that kills rats and prevents them from reproducing. Pepen says the pilot program has shown an 80% reduction in the rodent population.

“It’s an idea that we should look at how we can live in balance with nature and wildlife, but also address the rodent problem,” said Councillor Pepen. “I have a 3-year-old daughter who picks up everything off the floor and something might have rat poison on it. We’ve seen a small child die from rat poison, we want to avoid that.”

Rat poison is often criticized for the danger it poses to other animals that come into contact with it, or to predators that eat the poisoned rats and become ill themselves.

The plan now goes to a committee for further review. All 13 Boston city councilors expressed support for the plan at their weekly meeting.

By meerna

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