Wildlife Sightings in Hudson County: The Growing List of Animals Residents Have Spotted

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Yes, we live in a concrete jungle of sorts {with some parks mixed in} and occasionally see a skunk, possum, or goose, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a big uptick in wildlife spottings. Of course, if you’re a Jersey City reservoir visitor or a frequenter of Liberty State Park, you know this isn’t a freak occurrence and that there are wildlife spottings here and there — after all, Hoboken was once an island and known for its snapping turtles.

The one silver lining to these times, if there is any — is that science is pointing toward the Earth healing itself. Reports of improved air pollution are already coming in. So the happy note to focus on here is that the Earth is, arguably, thriving during this very, very different time. As fewer and fewer people are out using transportation, humans have been making significantly fewer emissions, and wildlife is feeling pretty comfortable about taking some casual walks around the neighborhood.

So ICYMI on our Instagram @thehobokengirl, we’re sharing a few of the local Hudson County wildlife sightings that have happened in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken below:

1. Eagles on Grand Street

Spotted by an eagle-eyed {yes, had to} reader, the two eagles were visible on Grand Street by many Hoboken residents.

2. A Baby Seal by the Hudson River


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Coming out of quarantine like 👋 {But seriously, a seal was spotted in #Hoboken today along the waterfront} 📸: @veradotcom

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A sighting of a Grey Seal pup on the shores of the Hudson River in Hoboken was quite the talk of the town l

3. A Baby Deer in the Hudson River {don’t worry, she was saved!}

In a rather nerve-wracking turn of events, a baby deer was spotted swimming in the Hudson River. She was saved by local police by boat, who set her free to roam in the streets {which, hopefully is safe…}.

4. A Hawk Eating a Squirrel Above a Powerline

5. Two deer on 11th and Jefferson

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Just like Nat Geo.

And that’s the current list from the last few weeks, but if you’re seen more within the urban confines of our area, submit it to us! 

Email: hello@hobokengirl.com 



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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.