Where To Spot Wild Animals In NYC: Awesome New Seasonal Map Tracks Urban Wildlife Where and when to stalk the city's hawks, eagles, bullfrogs, turtles, deer, coyotes, salamanders, foxes, owls, possums, crabs and more.
By Simone Wilson (New York City Patch Staff)
Updated May 19, 2017 6:01 pm ET
New York City Patch
NEW YORK, NY — Need a break from your fellow man? Look no further than this awesome new interactive map and calendar, created by the NYC Parks Department, which tells you what species hang out in which parts of the city at what times of year.
“There’s no need to leave New York City to see wildlife," NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchel Silver said in a statement Thursday announcing the city's new online critter-stalking tool.
“With more than 600 species living in our city," Silver said, "there are plentiful opportunities to witness these magnificent animals in their element."
You can play with the map and calendar here, or scroll down for our month-by-month breakdown of the NYC Parks data.
But first, a reminder from city park officials: "Most of NYC’s wildlife are not dangerous; however, maintaining a safe distance is the best way to protect your safety and the safety of our wild neighbors. If you see an injured animal, leave the animal where it is, give it some distance, and call 311. If there's any immediate danger, please call 911."
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