How Far Away Should You Release a Squirrel?
If you have trapped a squirrel, you may be wondering how far away you should release it. The distance from the trap to the area in which you would release it depends on whether the squirrel has been injured or not. In any case, you should release the squirrel after a day or ten miles. Then, you should check for any injuries and release the squirrel completely. In any case, it’s not safe to leave the squirrel trapped in a trap for more than a day.
Releasing a squirrel
There are many factors to consider before releasing a squirrel. First, consider the type of housing and habitat you have. A squirrel may use your home as a warm shelter, but it will still return occasionally. If this is the case, release it far away. Consider also the type of plants the squirrel may be eating. If the squirrel has a strong dislike for rhododendrons, you might want to keep it away from the plants until it is ready to be released.
A squirrel that lives in a dense deciduous forest is more likely to be attracted to light sources. It should also be in an area where there are no predators. For diurnal species, it is important to release it in the early morning. This will give it ample time to find a new home and shelter for the night. You should release the squirrel in a calm, dry day.
Releasing a young squirrel
Releasing a young squirrel is not a difficult process, but there are some things you should keep in mind. First of all, you need to prepare the squirrel for the environment it will be released into. You need to provide it with a cage with bars about 1/2 inch apart. You should make sure the squirrel has enough room to move around and a box to hide from predators. You can also feed and water the squirrel before releasing it.
To begin reintroducing the young squirrel into its new environment, it is best to leave it in a cage for three weeks before releasing it. During that time, provide it with food and water, and gradually reduce your interaction with it. For example, you can start releasing your new friend early in the morning, or open the door of its cage for a few hours a day. Fill the cage with warm objects, such as artificial fabrics. Cut strips of these materials and place them inside. Stringy materials are also helpful, as they can wrap around the squirrel’s toes and legs.
Releasing a squirrel in a trap
You need to know how far a squirrel can travel after being trapped and released. Remember that a squirrel’s average range is about 2 miles. So, you should release your trapped squirrel at least 3 miles from its original habitat. If you have a pet squirrel, release it a few miles farther. The more distance it has to travel, the more difficult it will be to get back. Release your squirrel as far away as possible.
After you release a squirrel, make sure to check that it does not have any injuries. Some animals may require several minutes before they feel comfortable enough to escape a trap. Try setting your trap in a corner of the room so the squirrel cannot escape. Make sure that you set it so that you don’t have to touch the platform, as a squirrel might be spooked. If you are too close to the trapped animal, you could smother it.
Releasing a squirrel in a wooded area
It’s illegal to release a squirrel outside of its original territory. The primary reason for this is to avoid spreading diseases and parasites to the newcomer. Despite the laws that prohibit squirrel releases, very few are ever prosecuted, with warnings the most common punishment. Here are some tips for safe release. First, make sure that you are releasing a squirrel in a secure, predator-proof cage. The bars of the cage should be at least half-inch apart. Be sure to provide your squirrel with ample room to move around, and a secure box to hide from predators.
Next, remember that relocating a squirrel is not always the best option. Not only is this method inhumane and can cause the animal severe pain, but it also limits the wildlife’s natural habitat. Ideally, you should release a squirrel in a wooded area, where it can find food and survive winter. If you want to help the squirrel survive in a wooded area, you should find a wildlife rehabilitator who will move the animal and help it get back into the wild.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.