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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. 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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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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6. A Whale in the Hudson River

A Humpback whale was spotted swimming in the Hudson River in between Hoboken Manhattan’s piers in December. Turns out that the whale was identified by a New York-based marine education group.

Just like Nat Geo.

And that’s the current list from the last few weeks, but if you’ve seen more within the urban confines of our area, submit it to us via hello@hobokengirl.com.


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. With deep entrepreneurial roots in Hudson County — as her grandparents owned textile businesses on Tonnelle Ave in North Bergen dating back to the 50s — she started the site as a Hoboken resident to discover the amazing things happening in the area. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her two pups, or watching Bravo TV and ordering takeout with her husband.