Rat Wrangler Jordan Reed: Feral Cats Are Not Known for Catching Rats, But Terriers Are


Although he hasn’t worked in Chicago, West Coast rat wrangler Jordan Reed says dogs would do a better job than cats on ‘Tucker Carlson Tonight.’ YouTube Tips ⓘ

Jordan Reed says feral cats are well known for the problems they cause to native species, but they’re not well known for catching or killing rats. Orkin has named Chicago the “rattiest city in America” for six years in a row.

Reed uses three or four adult dogs for three or four hours to catch several hundred rats at farms on the West Coast. The dogs are not allowed to eat the dogs, and the dead rats are given to falconers or are used for compost.


According to Jordan Reed’s official website, The Mongrol Hoard is a working terrier pack who love to hunt rats. Their dogs work safely around chickens, turkeys, guineas, ducks, pea-fowl, goats, cows, sheep and even cats. The dogs are interested in one thing and one thing only: searching out and dispatching the Norway Rat.

Our kennel name is Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard of Rascally Rat Wranglers and this spelling is correct and intentional. “The Mongrol Hoard” as they are affectionately called, is an entendre; “Mongrel” being a less-than-affectionate term used for dogs of unknown descent, and “Mongol” being a fearsome Asian warrior. “Mongrol” is a modern slang for a person of poor attitude. The Mongol Horde is well known, but although I use multiple dogs my “Hoard” of treasured bad attitudes is very unique.

— Jordan Reed

On May 8, 2021, WGN9 reported that the Tree House Humane Society has released over 1,000 feral cats onto Chicago streets since 2012. Tree House Humane Society admits that cats generally do not eat a lot of rats. The cats kill some rats in the during early introduction in an environment, but after they get acquainted to the new environment the cats actually deter rats with their pheromones, according to Sarah Liss of Treehouse Human Society.

Tree House Humane Society started the Cats at Work program as an environmentally safe alternative to poison.

The Norway Rat, Rattus Norvegicus, is a non-native invasive pest brought to the Americas in the 1700s by European settlers. Unchecked by many natural predators, these disease-carrying critters go where there is an easy food source, water and places to hide. The Norway rat resides in warrens in the ground and particularly thrive in areas such as chicken coops and hay barns when there are concrete foundations to burrow under. Because of their frequent heat cycles and short gestation period a single pair of Norway rats can produce up to 2000 offspring in one year, according to Jordan Reed.

The speed of Rat Terrier’s is used for controlling rats and other vermin and hunting small game such as squirrels and hares. Rat Terriers are an intelligent and active small dog with good health characteristics. Rat Terriers are kept both for pest control and as family pets.

The Norway rat is also known as the common rat, street rat, sewer rat, wharf rat, Hanover rat, Norway rat, Norwegian rat and Parisian rat, is a widespread species of common rat. One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a head and body length of up to 28 cm (11 in) long, and a tail slightly shorter than that. It weighs between 140 and 500 g (5 and 17+3⁄4 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas.

Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard of Rascally Rat Wranglers presents Hoard Friends and Smashes 2.0 YouTube Tips ⓘ

Jreed and Mongrol Hoard: A little rainy day project; just looking through some footage and catching a good action sequence. YouTube Tips ⓘ

The Tree House Humane Society has placed over 1,000 feral cats onto Chicago streets since 2012. WGN Photojournalist Kevil Doellman has the story. YouTube Tips ⓘ



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