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Photos: Rats, Raccoons, Geese and Prairie Dogs: Denver's Becoming a Zoo!

Photos: Rats, Raccoons, Geese and Prairie Dogs: Denver's Becoming a Zoo!

This is the Year of the Rat, in more ways than one. Even before the Chinese New Year began, rats were the talk of this town, after Denver officials said they’d be dispersing a homeless encampment near the State Capitol because rats in the park had created a public-health crisis. But while rats have grabbed recent headlines, they’re not the only urban animals that have been in the news lately.

Last year, stories about geese really took off after the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation put out a hit on the birds. In other years, Denver residents have fretted over rabid skunks, or pesky pigeons.

Here’s an overview of our urban zoo.


This is the Year of the Rat, in more ways than one. Even before the Chinese New Year began, rats were the talk of this town, after Denver officials said they’d be dispersing a homeless encampment near the State Capitol because rats in the park had created a public-health crisis. But while rats have grabbed recent headlines, they’re not the only urban animals that have been in the news lately.

Last year, stories about geese really took off after the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation put out a hit on the birds. In other years, Denver residents have fretted over rabid skunks, or pesky pigeons.

Here’s an overview of our urban zoo.
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