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Camera trap images reveal the hidden wildlife of New York City

A collection of motion-triggered cameras in Brooklyn and Long Island gives ecologists more insight into how wildlife dispersal evolves in urban landscapes

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September 1, 2022

A deer captured by cameras located in the New York City area


Animals are hiding in New York City, and ecologist Myles Davis plans to find them.

The largest city in the US may seem like the last place to find wildlife other than rats and pigeons. But ask Davis about the area’s biodiversity, and he’ll be happy to tell you that the city is teeming with fascinating creatures.

“New Yorkers — we just don’t really know what’s out there in the city,” says Davis, who grew up in Brooklyn,…