Flashback: The animals of Staten Island before the return of deer, turkeys and foxes
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Before deer, foxes, and turkeys returned to Staten Island to live, our most exotic animals were usually found at the Staten Island Zoo.
However, the cutest animals, like rabbits, kittens, and squirrels, have undoubtedly been found in all of our neighborhoods, even a goat or two. According to history, Italian immigrants from Meiers Corners kept goats in their yards and on the streets, earning the community the name “Nanny Goat Hill.”
Foxes are no stranger to Staten Island. They have been present on the island for decades. In 1910, Staten Island even had a fox hunting club, according to Staten Island Advance records.
The deer has made a resurgence on the West Shore Freeway. One of them was first seen on the side of the road after being hit by a car on September 23, 1994.
Hope these vintage Staten Island animal scenes from the past bring you a smile or two.
If you have any visuals to share, please send them to my email at [email protected] Vintage photos and video clips are welcome! Please let me know if there are any places you would like to see highlighted in an upcoming episode of “Flashback Staten Island”.
A playlist from Staten Island’s past flashback is available on YouTube.