Rats Taking Over Central Park, NYC Neighborhoods in Wake of Coronavirus Lockdown 

Rats Taking Over Central Park, NYC Neighborhoods in Wake of Coronavirus Lockdown 


New York City residents are complaining about huge rats scurrying around Central Park and neighborhoods, with some claiming rats have been seen nesting in trees and chewing through car engine wires in broad daylight.

“Rats are devious and they’re smart,” Gail Dubov, president of the West 83rd Street Block Association, said in an article in the UK Sun’s U.S. edition:

Melanie Sloan, whose daughter is Scarlett Johansson, said she saw one man on a bench in The Ramble area of Central Park swatting at rats with a rake.

“Central Park is overrun with huge fat rats. I saw a man on a bench in the rambles swatting them unsuccessfully with a rake,” Sloan posted on Facebook.

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Locals told the New York Post that they think slacking street cleaning and trash pickup, as well as an increase of outdoor dining during the coronavirus pandemic, have led to the rodent problem.

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