Amid its war on rodents, New York City is hiring a ‘rat czar’

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A war is raging in New York, and bloodshed is about to begin – at least that’s what the city’s leaders hope as they search for a new “rat czar.”

The battle for rat supremacy in the Big Apple has been lost, but they are gaining ground. Although humans outnumber rats, the rodent population is growing, fueled by the city’s ever-present, all-you-can-eat junk buffet. Seen by the New York City Department of Sanitation rat sightings increase 71 percent since October 2020. Despite the city’s best efforts, that was it. some resistance movement as the four-legged enemies go to the dark corners and avoid the hunting dogs. Antics of rodents, including bullying pets, attacking pigeons, ruthlessly scavenging for food and sending people to hospitals, and occasionally to their deathbeds.

Mayor Eric Adams (D) has had enough, because “there’s nothing I hate more than rats,” he posted. Twitter.

A new “rodent abatement director” job listing posted this week is as fierce as city officials’ hatred of rats. Job requirements include “an awesome attitude, a witty sense of humor and a general aura of badassness.” Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is also required; bachelor’s degree; and headquarters in New York City.

“If you have the grit, determination, and killer instinct to take on New York’s relentless rat population, then your dream job awaits,” Adams said in his tweet.

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The role comes with a salary of between $120,000 and $170,000, well above New York’s median household income of $67,000. But beware, the job is not for the faint-hearted: the rat czar is expected to use “hands-on techniques” to exterminate the rodents with authority and efficiency.

“The ideal candidate is highly motivated and somewhat bloodthirsty, determined to examine all solutions from multiple angles, including operational efficiency, data collection, technological innovation, waste management, and wholesale killing,” according to the listing for the position. “24/7 work that requires endurance and scenography.”

Whoever fills the newly created position will report to Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi, who herself has strong feelings about… rodents.

“Sly, cunning and fertile. The rats of NYC are legendary for their survival skills, but they don’t run this city, we do,” he wrote. Twitter. “Do you have what it takes to lead our war against the rats?”

But while the anti-rat crusade has peaked in New York this year, antipathy toward them is receding.

DC’s Great Rat Migration — and How They Survived the Pandemic

According to a study of the world’s brown rat population, the rodents that roam the garbage cans in cities like New York and Washington, DC, originated in China and Mongolia and are the result of centuries of global trade. Taking samples of rat DNA from 30 countries, the researchers found that, although Christians have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, the conquest of the world happened mostly in the last three centuries. Hiding inside ships, the brown rat made its way to Europe in the 1500s and then to the Western Hemisphere, Africa and Australia when colonists arrived.

Although rats eventually settled across the United States, perhaps no city has historically plagued them as much as New York. A New York Times story published in 1865 denounced the “brave” rodents that chased small dogs in broad daylight.

“New-York is gaining an unenviable reputation for producing more rats and domestic nuisances than any other city in the Union, and if the increase continues much longer at its present rate, it will be necessary for the Common Council to follow. The example of the burghers of Hamelin, and hire a Pied Piper to charm the vermin for their destruction to them”, says the article.

Nearly 160 years later, a Pied Piper still hasn’t rescued a city with the nation’s ratties—that title has remained in Chicago for eight consecutive years, according to an annual study by pest control firm Orkin.

But with more than 8 million residents raising torches against New York’s 2 million rodents, and looking for a leader to exterminate them, the rats might just “hate this,” as the mayor put it.

“This is not ‘Ratatouille,'” New York City Councilman Shaun Abreu said at an October press conference, referring to the Pixar animated film about a rat who knows how to cook. “Rats are not our friends.”

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