Hundreds of raccoons are said to have been roaming gardens and streets in broad daylight.
Worried residents have called a 'Raccoon Summit' to discuss how to get rid of them.
Susan DeBrango, who lives in Brooklyn, told the Daily Mail: "They are adorable but not in your backyard when they impact your life."
However, Rich Weddle of the Animal Husbandry Department at Liberty Science Centre insisted that raccoons have been living in New York for many years.
Weddle said: "Residents who call the police have been told that raccoons pose no threat to humans and that they should use a humane trapper if they are concerned."
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