Are feral cats good at controlling the rat population? Science says not really

Chicago's Afternoon News

In this Tuesday, March 5, 2015, photo, a dead rat sits on the street outside Marshall Field Garden Apartments in Chicago. Before Marshall Field Garden Apartments was renovated, tenants frequently complained about rodents. Residents say life has improved since the renovation _ and they were surprised that the building remained subsidized in a neighborhood where affordable housing is scarce. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

Dana Kobilinsky, associate editor at The Wildlife Society, joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to look at an initiative utilizing feral cat colonies to control rat populations in Chicago and whether-or-not cats are an effective tool in controlling rats.

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