Rat poison eyed in 2 California mountain lion deaths
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Two Southern California mountain lions that were part of a National Park Service study have been found dead and rodent poison has been confirmed as the cause in one...
Cone or scoop: Guinea pig ice cream for sale in Ecuador
QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — It’s a real ice cream flavor: guinea pig.
Anyone who thinks of guinea pigs as pets _ cute, squishy, squeaking bundles of fur _ might find that idea hard to...
Correction: Swamp Rodent Invasion story
LOS BANOS, Calif. (AP) — In a story Sept. 25 about swamp rodents, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the Central Valley is an agricultural region 130 miles (210 kilometers) north of...
Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on Baltimore visit
BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently...
Trump to stop in Baltimore weeks after denigrating city
BALTIMORE (AP) — Months after President Donald Trump derided the congressional district that includes Baltimore as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," groups appalled by his attacks plan...
California to add invasive rodent to list of prohibited pets
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California wildlife officials don't want residents keeping nutria — invasive, semi-aquatic rodents — as pets.
The California Fish and Game Commission has been...
Dozens of exotic pets, many dead, found in Ames apartment
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Officials in central Iowa say they have seized more than three dozen exotic pets and found another 60-plus dead in an Ames apartment.
Prairie dog plague outbreak cancels fireworks show
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Colorado officials have closed parks and canceled a Major League Soccer game's fireworks display after plague was confirmed in prairie dogs in a Denver...
Plague confirmed in prairie dogs in Commerce City
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Plague has been confirmed in prairie dogs at several sites in the Denver suburb of Commerce City, prompting officials to close some parks and take other...
Trump ‘rodent’ tweets ring true at Kushner-owned apartments
BALTIMORE (AP) — Davon Jones doesn't have to look far to see the irony in President Donald Trump's tweets that Baltimore is a "rat and rodent infested mess." His apartment owned by the president's...
Trump attacks majority-black district represented by critic
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday denigrated a majority-black district represented by a congressional nemesis as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess," broadening a...
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say it isn't unusual for agents to confiscate contraband like the 32 pounds of rat meat recently seized at Chicago's O'Hare...
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — An electrocuted squirrel hanging from a power line has been removed more than a week after an upstate New York man began posting daily pictures on social media.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana wildlife officials are upping the price they'll pay hunters who catch a large aquatic rodent known for harming marsh ecosystems.
BERLIN (AP) — Firefighters, police and a veterinary clinic combined forces to rescue a red squirrel that had gotten its tiny head stuck in a manhole cover in the western German city of...
Alabama man denies feeding meth to ‘attack squirrel’
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man wanted on drug and weapons charges has posted a video denying he fed methamphetamine to a so-called "attack squirrel" that he considers a pet.
Rat poison found in California mountain lion that died
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a mountain lion that died last month in the wilderness west of Los Angeles had rat poison in its system.
Blackout on I-30 blamed on rats gnawing through wires
TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Gnawing rats are being blamed for a blackout on a section of Interstate 30 in an Arkansas city.
The Texarkana Gazette reports that the rats were likely following their...
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — More than 400 nutria have been captured in the first year of an effort to eradicate the invasive South American rodent from California.
LONDON (AP) — British officials say dead rats stuffed with drugs and mobile phones have been thrown over prison fences to provide contraband to prisoners.
BOSTON (AP) — This rat is getting a lot of mouse clicks.
A British tourist visiting Boston captured on video a hungry seagull devouring a dead rat in a single gulp and posted it on social...
Firm fined $35K for housing farmworkers in filthy conditions
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A company in Silverton and its housing provider must pay $35,000 in penalties after an inspection found migrant farmworkers housed in filthy, rodent-infested quarters.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the U.S. Department of Labor said Friday that its inspectors found families in "dilapidated, trash strewn housing" at the facility.
Hartford’s leaders mount offensive against city rat problems
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Daniel Lusa poked a long, wooden stick into a cavernous hole at the edge of a parking lot in Hartford's Behind the Rocks neighborhood.
Sensing no movement, he dropped a small packet of poison into the opening and nudged it in deeper with the ligneous rod.
Beneath his feet, a network of dozens of tunnels was laid out across the dirt expanse next to Zion Street - a home for dozens of rats that camp out in the subterranean refuge during the day.
Hunt for rogue rodent continues on rat-free Alaska island
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Conservation officials are on high alert after a rodent has continued to evade capture on a small previously rat-free island off the coast of western Alaska.
Boston suburbs deal with booming rat populations
BOSTON (AP) — Suburban Boston communities are dealing with a surge in rat infestations.
The Boston Globe reports that towns like Belmont and Peabody have focused efforts on eradicating growing rat populations. The Waltham City Council recently approved $15,000 to manage rodent issues after reports of dozens of rats playing in puddles.
Rats are finding rural habitat to their liking
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Rats aren't just for cities. Residents of rural New England are reporting an increase, mirroring a trend nationwide.
Rats are everywhere in nature, but the four-legged invaders tend to thrive on human activity, whether it's a city or town, said Chance Strandell, of Brewer-based Maine Pest Solutions.
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Python dead after ingesting poisoned rodent
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Authorities say a small python that was found in a Logan neighborhood was positively identified by his owners after it was allegedly stolen from their home earlier this summer.
New Hampshire’s rodent population rises
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It may seem like we have just lived through The Summer of the Squirrel, but that isn't the half of it. What's really happening might be called The Rise of the Rodents - and they're coming for your house.
"It's been going on for several years. This year is busier for all rodents, but it has been increasing for years," said Susan Lincoln, owner since 1975 of Hampshire Pest Control in Northwood.
Public housing residents decry bugs, rodents and danger
NEW YORK (AP) — Dozens of the 400,000 residents of the nation's largest public housing system emotionally told a judge Wednesday what it's like to live with rats and cockroaches and mold in buildings where elevators, heat and running water are unreliable.
"We cannot live safety and healthily in these terrible conditions," said Monica Underwood, one of the residents.
Lawsuit: New Mexico apartments plagued by rats, bed bugs
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A southern New Mexico apartment complex has been hit with a class-action lawsuit by former tenants who say the place was plagued with bed bugs and rats.
Authorities search for rodent on rat-free Alaska island
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Wildlife officials are working to capture a rogue rodent sighted on a rat-free island off the coast of southwest Alaska.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and local authorities have set up a camera and traps on St. Paul Island after a rat was spotted late last month, Alaska's Energy Desk reported .
Rat sightings becoming more common in Denver, statewide
DENVER (AP) — Denver officials say the increased sightings of rats at a city park are part of a growing number of rats citywide and statewide.
The Denver Post reports city officials say while the rats aren't usually seen during the day, telltale signs of burrowing and chewing have been significantly more common at Civic Center park in the last year.
Texas animal control seizes hundreds of snakes, rodents
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Animal control officials have removed more than 100 snakes and more than 400 rodents from a San Antonio home following concerns about the animals' living conditions.
Judge cites pictures of mice, lets lawsuit proceed
NEW YORK (AP) — Pictures of mice lounging around an anti-rodent device designed to make them flee were cited by a judge who let a class-action lawsuit proceed Wednesday against a company that sells and markets them.
Meet DC’s rat rat, recording record rodent reports
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Matt Kownacki bought his two-story home in May 2017, he noticed his yard was littered with burrows, crawling with unwanted, nocturnal neighbors.
Kownacki and his wife, Alexandra, sought to eradicate the problem, so they filed a rodent complaint with the city.
The exterminator sent by the District already was familiar with their Columbia Road home in the Park View neighborhood.
"He knew exactly where and what the problem was," Matt Kownacki said.
South Dakota resident fights officials over rodent issue
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — The man whose dusty hands grip the dirt-caked steering wheel calls out the birds by name as his pickup barrels a trail through the grass unusually tall and green this summer for Fall River County. Like porpoises tailing a ship in a marine bay, the birds burst out of the pasture, encircling the truck.
"Meadowlark," said David Zimiga, the man hired for this ranch, pointing at zigzagging birds. "Those two are doves."
Hawley sues over conditions at St. Louis housing complex
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley filed a lawsuit Thursday against the St. Louis Housing Authority over conditions at a low-income housing complex, alleging problems that include rodent and pest infestations, mold and structural failures.
ANASTASIA ISLAND, Fla. (AP) — The survival of a rare mouse considered crucial to the ecosystem of a north Florida island rests on the restoration of the coastal dune habitat destroyed by recent hurricanes.
The Times-Union reports wildlife biologists are working to protect the endangered species on Anastasia Island. The little creature is vulnerable to potential extinction.
BALTIMORE (AP) — A historic Baltimore market is closed temporarily after a video posted on social media showed a rat scampering through a bakery's display case.
The health department closed two bakery stalls at Lexington Market on Thursday, one for a rodent infestation and another for a fly infestation. On Friday, management announced the market would close for an evaluation. It will reopen Saturday.
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii has deployed two rat-sniffing dogs to help remove invasive rodents from a seabird sanctuary on Lehua.
Border terriers Henry and Reese located possible rat burrows last week on the small island off Niihau's north shore, according to the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
South Dakota battles problems with beavers
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — In the spring, Randy Becker's workload gets busy.
Busy as a beaver, you might say.
Becker is wildlife damage specialist for the South Dakota Game Fish & Parks Department. His job, otherwise known as "state trapper," involves ridding nuisance animals like coyotes and beavers for South Dakota landowners.
Yes, beavers — those little semi-aquatic rodents that can cause "a world of headaches" — are a big problem here.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — Procedural changes were made after case evidence from police storage lockers was compromised by animals, according to Hawaii police.
SMYRNA, Del. (AP) — Another Delaware eatery has been shut down within a week because of a rodent infestation.
News outlets report a health inspector found mouse droppings, expired milk and mold in the ice machine at a Waffle House in Smyrna, resulting in its immediate closure Tuesday.
Last Thursday, a Burger King in Brandywine was ordered closed after a video of rodent among hamburger buns went viral.
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A judge has given a South Dakota woman who opposes using poison to control a prairie dog infestation on her ranch three months to shoot or drown 80 percent of the rodents, which number in the thousands.
EPPING, N.H. (AP) — Animal welfare officials say several owls are dying from eating rodents who have consumed poison.
Bird experts say several sick owls have been found in the Epping area. Expert Jane Kelly tells WMUR-TV that she believes rodenticide is to blame, saying owls are snatching up rats or mice that have already been fatally sickened by rodent poison.
HONOLULU (AP) — A toddler on Oahu has contracted rat lungworm disease, the island's first case of the year, Hawaii health officials said.
The Hawaii Department of Health confirmed Friday that the parasite was found in the child's spinal fluid following lab tests.
The child became sick earlier this month and was hospitalized, prompting health authorities to investigate, officials said. This case marks the state's fourth confirmed diagnosis this year.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Six young squirrels whose tails were stuck together by tree sap are recovering after a Nebraska wildlife expert untangled them.
Rat poison in prey threatens owls, other animals
PHOENIX (AP) — Great horned owls, one of the most common raptors in the United States, are being threatened by rat poison in their prey.
Since 2011, the Arizona Game & Fish Department has identified 50 cases of wildlife poisoning from pest control chemicals. Forty one of those involved anticoagulant rodenticide.