Animals you wouldn’t expect to see in American cities

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It’s an urban jungle out there From bunnies bouncing along the streets of Boston to mountain lions roaming through Hollywood, the residents of many US cities share their space with some extraordinary creatures. For visitors, a close (and often free) encounter with a native North American animal is a big […]



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Life in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a hoot thanks to the large population of beautiful barred owls, identifiable by their brown and white striped plumage. You’re most likely to see them in the older neighborhoods that have large trees in which these beautiful birds roost.



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There are two species of bunnies local to Boston, the New England cottontail (pictured) and the Eastern cottontail. Residents have reported a surge in numbers of both types of furry creatures across the city, with the brazen bunnies even spotted outside the Massachusetts State House in the heart of downtown. Expect to see them more frequently during mating season from March to September.



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From late April onward, Denver is a hub for Hummingbirds, with 11 species returning to the city having wintered in Mexico and Central America. Commonly-spotted species are the broad-tailed, rufous and black-chinned hummingbirds and all can be seen when walking around the city.



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The wings of these stunning butterflies are often compared to stained-glass windows and seeing them in real life is a special experience. Monarch butterflies migrate in swarms between Canada and the United States and Central Mexico. Between late October and February up to 12,000 butterflies can be seen in the Monarch Grove at Pismo Beach, a city on California’s central coast.



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Don’t panic – you won’t find snakes slithering through the streets of downtown Tucson, but nature is never far away in this desert city. Saguaro National Park is right on the edge of town and home to the distinctive saguaro cactus and six different types of rattlesnakes including the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, pictured here. They are the most common in the park and can grow to seven feet (2.1m) long.



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Did you know that Illinois is second only to Alaska when it comes to bald eagle numbers? In the last few years, nesting pairs have been spotted in Lake County and a few miles outside the city in Palos Township. Bald eagles spend the winter in areas such as Louisiana moving up to Midwest states like Illinois in the spring.



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Because of its nutrient-rich water the Santa Barbara Channel is one of the best whale watching spots on the west coast. What you’ll see depends on the time of year: from late spring to early fall humpback whales are common, as is the largest mammal on Earth, the blue whale. From late November to April thousands of Pacific gray whales migrate through the channel as they head south too.



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Residents in Salt Lake City regularly report seeing deer walking along the side of the road. Although originally hailing from the mountains that surround SLC, it’s believed that some have taken up permanent residence in the Salt Lake City Cemetery in The Avenues neighborhood.



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Of course Seattle is a great place for whale watching, but did you know that salmon are common too? At Ballard Locks, a Seattle neighborhood, you can see the salmon migrating up the fish ladder. Different types of the fish can be spotted in most months but peak times for the spectacle are August, September, July and March/early April.



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With around 300 species of fish and wildlife, Portland is a great city to see critters big and small. Forest Park is the place to head to spot woodpeckers, bees and the red-spotted garter snake. In September Vaux’s swifts gather to roost for the night inside the chimney of Chapman Elementary School in northwest Portland, before traveling south for the winter. In this picture they’re captured flying over the Oregon Convention Center in Portland.



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Alaska’s largest city has 1,500 moose who regularly hold up traffic as they cross roads and even wander into front yards. In fact, there’s very little chance of visiting the city and not spotting one. They’re usually most active during the mornings and early evening. The moose pictured here was snapped in Kincaid Park, not far from the airport.



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Thanks to the White House and its West Wing, Washington DC might seem like an austere seat of power. Yet the city offers so much more including superb free museums and a sizzling foodie scene. Canadian geese are a common sight, gathering around monuments and also on the National Mall lawn near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Usually a migratory bird, many stay in the city year-round.



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