While most of us are stuck inside, a few raccoons have recently been spotted enjoying the neighborhood.
Here’s a raccoon at the Ramble last week – video by Posy:
Here’s one digging through the trash in Riverside Park by 110th Street – taken by @julliamrtz:
And perhaps the same guy, also near 110th Street but deeper into the park – taken by @xo.espresso:
The same person who took the above video also sent us this image of a raccoon being greeted by a human near Central Park South. But please note …. it is NOT advisable to get this close to them.
And here’s another trash raccoon – video by Alison Roque.
Wildlife NYC states that raccoons should only be observed from a distance. “Do not approach raccoons or any wild animal. If you are bitten or scratched by a raccoon, wash the wound and see your doctor as soon as possible. Report sick or injured raccoons to 311.”
Have you experienced a recent animal sighting? Let us know in the comments below, or email us about it!
I saw a raccoon on Monday in the early evening, in Central Park not far from the W. 81st entrance. It was just before 8 pm and still light. I thought they only come out after dark.
I often see raccoons on Riverside Drive at 86th St., in the late evening while I’m walking the dog before bed. The past couple of weeks, I saw one rooting through a trash barrel. Another was walking along the top of the stone wall heading north as I approached heading south. It finally bailed out and jumped into a tree in the park where it observed us for a bit before absconding.