Letter from William Thomas
P.O. Box 27217
Washington, DC 20038
November 18, 1996
Lafayette Park Manager
National Park Service
1100 Ohio Drive SW
As it's been the topic of articles in the Washington Post, and the subject
of TV newscasts, you must certainly be aware of the rat over population
situation in Lafayette Park.
There is a very simple solution to this problem.
These are Norwegian grey rats, and the size of their population is
directly proportional to the amount of food available. No food available,
no rats ... that simple.
As you know, Lafayette Park is a very popular location for office workers
to eat their lunch. As a result of the numerous half-eaten lunches
deposited in the trashcans every afternoon, the Park provides an ideal
breeding ground for rats.
All you need to do is assign one of your regular park maintenance
people to work from say noon to eight, and have him/her empty the trash
receptacles at 8:00pm.
No food, no rats.
Thanks for thinking,
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