The San Francisco Department of Public Health temporarily closed Glen Park grocery store Canyon Market on Wednesday due to the rodent infestation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of each other), the store’s owner, Janet Tarlov, blamed the rat problem on a neighbor at a nearby BART station Leave plenty of bird food.
The Glen Park resident has allegedly been distributing pounds of bird food to feed pigeons at the Glen Park BART station and parking lot since February 2020, according to the Glen Park Association. Although Tarov has sought help from the health department since the problem began, the resident reportedly continued to dump bird food. It seems to be causing a rat problem in the neighborhood.