Columbus Can't Afford to Shoo Its Rats
With no money in health budget, city resorts to posting fliers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2013 5:53 PM CDT

(Newser) – Problem: Columbus has lots of rats. Bigger problem: Columbus doesn't have money to deal with its rats. Very unsatisfying solution for residents: The Ohio capital city is posting fliers in hard-hit areas and trying to educate people about the ways of rats instead of, say, actually removing the rats, reports the Columbus Dispatch. The city dealt with a similar problem successfully about seven years ago, but the current public health budget has no funds for rat control. Lawmakers will get a chance to amend the spending plan early next year. One woman quoted has trapped 22 in her yard so far.

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Oct 2, 2013 4:29 PM CDT
if they had a liberal governor he would create a catch, tag and release program as with criminals..and fish.
Oct 2, 2013 2:02 AM CDT
Why should this be part of the Columbus city government? Let individuals each deal with their own rat problems.
Oct 1, 2013 10:40 PM CDT
Offer a buck a tail and get the residents to trap them for beer money.