Oh Look, No More Garbage Cans at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground – Why? – Rats – Lots and Lots and Lots of Rats

Bye bye new-school garbage cans – this is the west side, near Oak and Clayton, and the one on the east side of the playground just recently disappeared as well.

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Why? Because of all the roof rats. I hear tales of ppl seeing up to ten together, scrambling around, generally in the evening hours. Oh here’s the best shot I have at this particular location, taken from far away:

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Speaking of tails, if you see a rat with a tail longer than its body and you’re in Frisco, then you’re looking at a roof rat (Rattus rattus, I’m srsly), which is your basic black rat, I s’pose (as opposed to your Norway rat and whathaveyou)

And here’s what wants to eat it/them at the Panhandle Playground:

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So I suppose the closest trash can is now on the bike path near Fell and Ashbury (or maybe inside the Panhandle Bathroom, but I’ve never ventured inside there).

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4 Responses to “Oh Look, No More Garbage Cans at the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Playground – Why? – Rats – Lots and Lots and Lots of Rats”

  1. Buddy says:

    I’d subscribe to this blog, but not if it’s going to listen to some silly megacorp tell him to call The City “Frisco”.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Oh no, it’s more like they’re listening to me…

  3. SFSk8rGrrl says:

    Hello sfcitizen:

    Years ago, I noticed when The City’s garbage cans were disappearing from street corners and parks – particularly in the Panhandle, because I live on Haight Street.

    I do not know what The City’s excuse was for removing them at that time, but I guessed the City fathers were thinking, “Remove the trash cans and cut back on the Sunset Scavengers bill.” Or, “Remove the cans and no one will dump their trash around them when they’re overflowing.”

    If only it were so simple! Unfortunately, it appears that there’s always going to be a fair number of human beings who are going to throw whatever trash they have away – regardless of whether there’s a receptacle for it or not.

    As someone who cleans up trash, daily (especially hazardous stuff like shattered bottles) from our sidewalks and parks, I’ve learned that, sadly, there’s a never-ending stream of it.

    And, as it’s turned out, without any trash cans for the more sensible among the masses to make use of, people’s (especially ‘Bay To Breakers’ and “4:20” weekend warrior people’s) trash is getting scattered on the ground in the parks and on the street corners where the cans used to be located.

    Whether for rats or whatever, removing all the trash cans is not the answer.

    Keep San Francisco Beautiful! (Or, at least, don’t trash her!)

    A fellow sfcitizen

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Yep yep

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