In Chicago’s upscale Lincoln Park neighborhood, there are fine bars and restaurants, trendy clothiers and elegant row houses mixed with luxurious town houses and yuppie apartment buildings. There are also rats.
“Every night when I walk down the sidewalk, I see rats,” says 36-year-old Kelly McGee, who has come to accept this aspect of city living. “It freaks out my sister. She screams when she sees them but they don’t bother me so much. It’s an urban area; I don’t know what else we can expect.”
Residents have tried poison bait and traps, but the most successful solution seems to be feral cats. Victoria Thomas adopted three feral cats and provides them with food, water, and shelter outside. In return, the feral cats have killed the rats and chased the survivors away.