The other kind of New York wildlife


Following up the Times’ recent Manhattan Skunk invasion story, the News has a shortlist of New York’s wild animals, including deer, coyotes, bats, turkeys, and a celebrity beaver, and where to go see them.

Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, who was interviewed for the piece, lists places in all five boroughs where you can catch a glimpse of wildlife in the wild, including Jose, the Bronx River beaver (named after Congressman Serrano, who got over $14 million from the federal government to clean up the river), turkeys in Battery Park and on Staten Island (I hope nothing’s happened to Morningside Park’s legendary Hedda Gobbler), bats in Brooklyn, and deer in Queens. Other visitors include coyotes, raccoons, red-tailed hawks and bald eagles.

If you want to see for yourself, Mike Feller, the Parks Department chief naturalist who was quoted in the skunk story, leads regular nature walks on Saturday mornings in Inwood Hill and Fort Tryon parks.