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Cat-Sized Rats Invade Florida

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Cat-sized rats are causing trouble in the Florida keys. A pack of Gambian giant pouched rats have been breeding in the keys despite officials’ efforts to eradicate them.

NBC Miami reports that Officials are worried about the vermin making it over to the mainland, saying that the hungry species could wipe out crops and upset the delicate ecological balance in Florida.

Scort Hardin, the exotic species coordinator for Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said:

“We thought we had them whipped as of 2009…. In the early part of 2011, a resident e-mailed me and said he saw one of the rats. We were skeptical but went back and talked to people and [saw] there were rats that we missed.”

Hardin believes that there are less than two dozen giant rats roaming Grassy Key where they were trapped during multiple efforts last year. The Wildlife Conservation Commission will set out once again this July in an attempt to trap the Gambian giant pouched rats.

Hardin told Keys Net:

“I would not imagine there’s more than another couple of dozen at most. We’ve caught them all within a half-mile of each other… We think they have not moved far but they clearly reproduced.”

MSNBC reports that the cat-sized rats were introduced to the island by a local rat breeder more than a decade ago. The rats have moved into the wild where they are now breeding and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem.

Here’s a video about the giant rats in Florida.

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93 Responses to “Cat-Sized Rats Invade Florida”

  1. Anonymous

    Its kind of hard to control these this type of event when humans killed or relocated most of the predators. I know they are not native to that part of the world but my theory still applies to where ever humans live.

  2. Desiree Lee

    I pray they get rid of them soon, I'm sure people fear most for their children. I hope and pray you people get some help soon.<3.

  3. Robert Karder

    do I smell a rat. off the field and goal line? yes I do. help find the killers of head football coach of penn state joe paterno. see to it that a wrongful death investigation into his passing is initiated.

  4. Robert Karder

    do I smell a rat. off the field and goal line? yes I do. help find the killers of head football coach of penn state joe paterno. see to it that a wrongful death investigation into his passing is initiated.

  5. Patrick Lally

    send in some jack russel terrier and that will do the job.

  6. Dick Berry

    The government would probably cheat a new piper the same as they chetaed the one that took all the children.

  7. Florrie Lodico

    I got lots of kitties to send them floridians…free!

  8. Dee Potter

    OMG, even a mouse would send me screaming…I'm just that squeemish. If I saw one of those huge rats they would need to use a defibrillator on me.

  9. Cameron Morrison

    Damn they prolly chase the cats… That, or the cats down there are eating good

  10. Jeannie Mae Janos

    Does this have to be such blown-up DRAMA? ALL they have to do is set some traps and round them up since there are only a couple of dozen at this point. Then they should be send out to zoos around the country or put to sleep with a needle, not pitch-forked and murdered. They are living, breathing animals with beating hearts. WHERE IS THE HUMANITY PEOPLE?

  11. Larry Bavaro

    we'll be happy to have you back in Baltimore, cuz you aint playin wif no catrats.lol

  12. ConcreteRose Coldest Winter

    we can teach the "amateurs" how to deal with them….heeheehee and hee

  13. Gary K. Gookins

    Nothing funny about this at all. Fla is about the filthest place on earth. Not sure what happened down here but 30 yrs ago it was nice. Maybe these aren't rats, maybe they are what happens to politicians and the legal system that are distroying earth.

  14. Anonymous

    SICK BASTARD IN THE PHOTO ABOVE IS HOLDING IT WITH HIS BARE HANDS!

  15. Shawn Grimes

    Aren't they having issues w/ non-native pythons? Shouldn't the pythons be eating the rats? *she asks hopefully*

  16. Víctor Tutivén-Abreu

    Capibaras in the amazon? But they are a different story LOL

  17. Stacy Tignor

    They were imported here and brought a few diseases with them. A few people got severally sick. But the captive breed pouched rats make awesome pets. Once again some idiot let foreign animals loose in florida. Now they are multiplying. -.-

  18. Benny Brown

    rats come out at night when it is cool and pythons come out during the day when it is warm to sit in the sun. they tried that on an island in the caribean with salamanders to kill the rats no go. reptiles sleep at night.

  19. Pearce Baker

    Why would you want to put them in a zoo? They are disease carrying rodents. They need to be eradicated any way they can be…. pitchfork or whatever.

  20. Jeannie Mae Janos

    Pearce, you just sound like a big redneck. It's not like there are thousands of them infesting the place. There are a FEW that have come from wherever they originate — and they CLEARLY are not like the typical "disease-carrying street rat" breed. They are some kind of forest animal. They should be sent back to where they came from or somehow HUMANELY disposed of if that's the only solution.

  21. Jeannie Mae Janos

    Pearce, you just sound like a big redneck. It's not like there are thousands of them infesting the place. There are a FEW that have come from wherever they originate — and they CLEARLY are not like the typical "disease-carrying street rat" breed. They are some kind of forest animal. They should be sent back to where they came from or somehow HUMANELY disposed of if that's the only solution. …If you read the full story, HUMANS brought them here to sell as PETS for cryin' out loud; so it should be up for humans to now FIX the problem in a proper manner. These animals didn't come here on their Own!!!

  22. Jeannie Mae Janos

    "MSNBC reports that the cat-sized rats were introduced to the island by a local rat breeder more than a decade ago. The rats have moved into the wild where they are now breeding and wreaking havoc on the ecosystem." …real bright idea by the "rat-breeder" to be irresponsible and let some loose, whether by accident or not. Complete irresponsibility. What a shame.

    Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/211473/cat-sized-rats-invade-florida/#Gx1AgmAMlq14V1XR.99

  23. Eddie Owens

    Load 'em up and send them to Tulsa. Eggroll Express will fry 'em up! LOL

  24. Eddie Owens

    Load 'em up and send them to Tulsa. Eggroll Express will fry 'em up! LOL

  25. Eddie Owens

    Load 'em up and send them to Tulsa. Eggroll Express will fry 'em up! LOL

  26. Pat Houseworth

    Hell the "Blue Hairs", Yankees, and Haitian Invaders half already upset the ecological balance of Florida…what's a few rats, more or less?

  27. Sabine Cabbage Sills

    Different agencies use these rats to find land mines and to determine if hospitals are missing patients as having tuberculosis (Look up "HeroRats"). Gambian pouched rats are friendly, smart and trainable. its a shame they are in the wrong place at the wrong time, because these little guys are awesome! P.S.: you can stop 'fearing for your children'. they really don't care about them. Sheesh.

  28. Patricia Spicer-dexter

    they are complaining about a couple dozen rats when the Everglades and points beyond are absolutely alive with pythons…those are the wee beasties they better come up with a plan to get rid of…it is at the point now where you could call it a pandemic of snakes….and the monkeys, and the wild pigs…monkeys are not nice, and the wild pigs are rooting up lawns all over Lakewood ranch.

  29. Patricia Spicer-dexter

    they are complaining about a couple dozen rats when the Everglades and points beyond are absolutely alive with pythons…those are the wee beasties they better come up with a plan to get rid of…it is at the point now where you could call it a pandemic of snakes….and the monkeys, and the wild pigs…monkeys are not nice, and the wild pigs are rooting up lawns all over Lakewood ranch.

  30. Caleb Matthew C. Williams

    Yeah, they're trying to get to the King of All Rats…. President Obama

  31. Caleb Matthew C. Williams

    Yeah, they're trying to get to the King of All Rats…. President Obama

  32. Angela K. Dunavant

    I'll bet the ones still out there are trap savy and will be very hard to trap. Isn't this what a Rat Terrier dog is for? Also there are snakes that eat rats, have they tried them?

  33. Michelle Lisenby

    Let the rats come to FL-all of the boas and pythons that are roaming loose should take care of the problem

  34. Michelle Lisenby

    Let the rats come to FL-all of the boas and pythons that are roaming loose should take care of the problem

  35. Michelle Lisenby

    ODUMBO IS THE KING OF THESE RATS YOU MORONIC LIBERAL

  36. Michelle Lisenby

    oh pls desiree-give me a break-buy a cat or snake

  37. Isobel Smith

    Why are people so paranoid about these rats? They are not vicious, not going to attack your children, they are very intelligent & make great pets!

  38. Steve Kellams

    Well, I guess it's time to break out the good old carbine.Hey all you a-holes who let these things loose.This is my freakin state.Knock it off.