The recent media coverage has kept
my phones ringing and my email
clogged. I wish to dispel your
concerns about rats in Beartown.
The noises you hear in your home or at
your neighborhood eatery are probably
Continue to "CHOW DOWN" at our local
restaurants and snack bars.
I'll be sure to inform all residents
if a health problem arises.
or mice and I estimate their
population to be less than 10 for each
Below is some research from 2002 I
found about New York City.
BEARTOWN HEALTH OFFICER
New York is large and occupied by
many people. New York is also infested
with rats. No one knows the exact
number of rats. Dr. Patrick Thomas, a
curator of mammals at the Bronx Zoo
"They are an extraordinarily adaptable
and hardy breed. "The population of
rats will continue to increase if the
city does not do anything about the
poor garbage disposal, increased
construction or the inefficient
coordination of the city's response to
Why is the number of rats so large?
In just a year, one female rat can
produce 285 new born rats. After few
weeks they are already roaming around
the city. New York City is trying to
decrease (and possibly eliminate) this
infestation. It is imperative to
address this problem because the rats
are already outnumbering the number of
people and is increasing year by year.
Not only will they be overrunning the
city, but it is critical for the
safety of the people. They can carry
bacterial diseases such as salmonella
and many people report of rat bites.
These rats are susceptible and able to
carry disease. The city, in 1997, had
a budget of 8 million dollars to spend
on exterminators, toxic pesticides
etc. By the year 2000, this budget
increased to 13 million dollars.
Today, year 2002, it is estimated that
for every person there are twelve
rats. Considering that there are 8
million people, there are 96 million
rats in the city of New York.