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Winter 2010

Urban Jungle

The changing natural world at our doorsteps | Illustration and text by Patterson Clark      

March 2, 2010

Snow with sprinkles

For weeks, the now-crusty surface of a persistent snowpack has collected anything dropping from trees -- or from animals.

The snow also provides high-contrast evidence that some dog owners fail to clean up after their pets.

Feces that are not disposed of attract and provide a nutritional bonanza for rats, which feed on the waste.

Snow with sprinkles

SOURCE: D.C. Department of Health