A Citizen App user reported seeing a deer in Sakura Park at 122nd and Riverside Drive at 7am on Monday, May 16.
We reached out to NYC Parks, and while a representative wasn’t able to confirm the Sakura Park sighting, she did mention receiving one other report of a deer sighting this weekend. We asked her where the other sighting took place but have not heard back.
Reports of animal sightings started increasing early on in the pandemic. In June 2020, a spokesperson for NYC Parks told QNS.com that they’d “received increased wildlife sighting reports every month with the exception of April.”
While deer sightings aren’t too common in Manhattan, they have been spotted on and around the UWS before – like the one who was found behind a building on West 100th Street in 2015 (who unfortunately passed away after it was brought to a vet).
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