Immigrant opossums adapt to Brooklyn

Sept. 19, 2010 at 11:55 AM

NEW YORK, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Community leaders in New York's Brooklyn borough say they are being overrun by a booming population of opossums introduced as a rat-control measure.

The nocturnal creatures have been prowling around the alleys, yards and even golf courses in the borough, much to the chagrin of the folks who live there.

"They are everywhere," said Theresa Scavo, chairwoman for Community Board 15, told the New York Post.

The newspaper reported Sunday opossums were actually brought into Brooklyn by the city a few years ago as a predator to New York's venerable rat population. Although opossums do eat rodents, there appears to be little dent in the rat population.

No one seems to know quite what to do about the growing opossum presence in Brooklyn. In fact, the Post said, various city departments involved in health and vector control say they have no record of even being involved in the decision.

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