Brooklyn's Rat Fix Backfires

Brooklyn has a pest problem: opossums. The New York Post reports that three years ago, the city tried to curb its rat problem by setting opossums free in local parks. The idea: Opossoms would eat rats and when that food supply was gone, die off. Today, the nocturnal critters reject rats and eat garbage.

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

Good morning. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

Forget bedbugs. Brooklyn has a larger pest: opossums. The�New York Post�reports that three years ago, the city tried to curb its rat problem by setting opossums free in local parks. The idea: opossums would eat rats, and when that food supply was gone, die off. Today, the nocturnal critters with twitchy pink noses are still around. They rejected rats. They eat garbage and climb fruit trees. And the rats are OK, too.

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