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A program called "How Rat Poison Impacts People, Pets and Wildlife" is set for Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Arlington Police Department Conference Room, 112 Mystic St.

Sponsored by Arlington Animal Control and Sustainable Arlington, the event will feature a live hawk demonstration and speakers from the conservation and pest-control fields.

The Boston metro area recently ranked second in the nation for reports of rat sightings. However, the primary method of managing rats in the city and the nation -- poisons -- can ultimately do more harm than good.

In particular, rat poison has been responsible for decimating raptor populations and other wildlife species, harming pets and poisoning thousands of young children annually.

In this educational forum, the presenters will discuss the effects of rat poison on our environment and public health, as well as potential solutions or alternatives that are more sustainable.

Light refreshments will be available.

This news summary was published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.