Wildlife in  New York

What people often misconceive about New York is that it goes beyond the massive city and that infamous skyline... It leads to more nature as you travel further inland, and the wildlife can be deceivingly dense—even in that big city!

Coyotes in New York State

The coyote has been present in New York State at least since 1920. As with its western cousin, the eastern coyote has been the object of much controversy as well as curiosity.

Some hunters view coyotes as competitors and a threat to deer, while others believe that coyotes eat smaller mammals and carrion. Some individuals are concerned about their effects on the livestock industry—particularly sheepherders.

Seals, Dolphins and Porpoises

Believe it or not, seals are found on the shores of New York! These Seals are found in New York from late fall until late spring, with the highest concentration generally occurring around April.

Seals “haul out” – or leave the water to rest on sandy beaches or rocks – to regulate their body temperature, socialize, give birth, and molt. Hauling out in groups also helps seals avoid predators.


Raccoons are among the most widespread mammals in New York State. The adaptable raccoon can be found everywhere, from the most remote forest to the crowded inner city.

Raccoon populations often are more dense in large cities than in the wild, but abundance varies widely in different types of habitat and different parts of the state. A great animal from Wildlife in New York.


Wildlife in New York: Though rarely seen by most New Yorkers, black bears are valued by hunters, photographers, and wildlife watchers. Many people enjoy just knowing that bears are present in New York State.

For many, black bears symbolize wilderness and wildness, but increasingly, bears can be found in semi-rural environments, agricultural areas, and occasionally in urban centres!