Griffintown residents sound the alarm over Lachine Canal rats

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WATCH ABOVE: Griffintown residents are having to cope with neighbours they didn't expect — rats. Global's Billy Shields reports – Aug 1, 2018

Griffintown residents are having to cope with neighbours they didn’t expect — rats.

On social media, one resident wrote Global News to say they spotted seven of the rodents in one place along the Lachine Canal.

The area that residents say is a problem is a green space that sits between train tracks and a highway overpass.

There are areas there that are littered with food containers that could attract the rats.

Some Montrealers tell Global News the Lachine Canal has a rat problem. Billy Shields/Global News

Jeremy Toledano, who recently moved to the area, told Global News his dogs discovered a flattened rat corpse on a little-used leg of a bike path that joins the main canal path.

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“It was pretty gross,” he told Global News.

The land along the Lachine Canal is a federal park maintained by Parks Canada.

“This is the first time concerns regarding the presence of rats on the Lachine Canal have been reported to the agency,” it told Global News in a statement.

“Located in an urban environment, one can expect that the Lachine Canal, like other places across the City of Montreal, can be subject to realities such as this, especially with the increased temperatures over the last month.”

Parks Canada said it will continue to monitor the area and “take any necessary actions, as required.”


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