Denver park where homeless camp closed because of rats

Colorado News

DENVER– A park across from Colorado’s state Capitol where homeless people have been camping is being shut down because officials say it’s become infested with rats.

Over 30 tents lined the edge of the park Wednesday as police went from tent to tent to let people know they need to leave. A spokeswoman for the Denver Department of Public Health and Environment told The Denver Post there are hundreds of rats there than can spread diseases through their feces and human contact.

The encampment grew after the city stopped enforcing its camping ban but it plans to resume enforcement.

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