15 Times Animals Went Wild Long Island News
The lynx which made a three-day tour through Islip after six shark attacks in three weeks off Long Island has sparked widespread anxiety – but the stories are not the first rodeo in the region with unusual news about the animals.
Here’s a recap of some of LI’s most recent unusual local encounters with the animal kingdom.
This spring, reports a hawk attacked people in Northport — up to 17 people over the past two years — causing some to seek medical attention, but the bird returned after being captured and moved, WNBC reported. .
In February, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) team helped remove and release a deer that entered and then became trapped in a school classroom. Stony Brook University.
barney the bull
In September 2021 Barney, the 1,500 pound bull who had received a lot of attention after escaping captivity in Mastic three months prior, was safely captured by Mike Stura of Skylands Animal Sanctuary & Rescue in the former duck farm located on Barnes Road in Moriches.
In July 2021, a pair of black swans native to Australia were spotted in the town of Southold, according to the DEC. Local animal groups caught the swans and took them to an animal sanctuary. The story was largely overshadowed by Barney.
In July 2019, the Suffolk County SPCA helped track and capture a 9-foot-long anaconda that escaped from a home in Hampton Bays and was later found hiding in the dashboard of a car. van.
In October 2019, a deer was caught on surveillance camera crashing through the window of a Lake Ronkonkoma hair salon and streaking through the store before running off, terrifying customers and hairdressers alike.
In June 2018, burglars stole a one-winged bald eagle named Sammy from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The theft remains unsolved, despite a $20,000 reward.
More big cats
The lynx was not the first big cat found on LI. In October 2018, a caracal – a wild cat native to Africa and Asia – was found dead in Sag Harbor, Dan’s papers reported.
In September 2018, a Levittown reptile store was cited for possessing several dangerous reptiles, including a 6-foot-long Asian monitor lizard. A search of the owners’ home uncovered a Gila monster, an alligator, two dwarf caimans and five Mexican beaded lizards, according to the DEC.
A deer situation
This one didn’t make the news, but when the DEC was asked about recent local animal cases, the agency shared that shock. In October 2016, a deer was discovered tied to a horse rod with a collar around its neck and kept as a pet at a home in East Hampton. DEC law enforcement transferred the deer to a local sanctuary and charged the individual with unlawful possession of wildlife, the agency said.
LI has no shortage of alligator cases. In January 2019, a foot-long American alligator was seized from the basement of a Hauppauge home. In July this year. a tiny eight-inch alligator was discovered by a family swimming in a backyard pool in Bayport. And in December 2017, a 4ft long alligator was seized from a residential property in Ronkonkoma and taken to a licensed facility. But most ridiculous of all was the discovery of 20 baby alligators in one year on LI between 2012 and 2013.
In July 2015 authorities responded to a report of a 3ft long crocodile found in a cardboard box in a Medford car park, Suffolk Police and the Suffolk SCPA said.
In August 2015, A 25-pound alligator snapping turtle, a reptile named for its powerful jaws and not native to Long Island, was found near downtown Smithtown, Suffolk County officials said.
In May 2005, the Suffolk County SCPA responded to reports of two leopards being kept as pets at a home in Dix Hills.
In April 2002, a Medford man was reportedly cited for keeping a 3-month-old, 12-pound black bear cub as a pet in his home.
-With Olivier Peterson