How Far Do I Have to Relocate a Squirrel So It Doesn’t Come Back?
If you’ve ever had a squirrel in your yard, it can be an intimidating and sometimes overwhelming experience. While there are many humane ways to catch and relocate squirrels, the most effective solution is to spray them with a color spray and release them far from the home. However, if you’ve decided to release the squirrel near water, it can swim a long way.
If you find a squirrel in your home, it is important to know how to safely and humanely relocate it. The distance between its original home and where you relocate it should be as short as possible. Remember, a squirrel will often return to its original territory if it is scared or frightened. A good guideline is five miles or less. Once released, it will generally travel a little over two miles a day. It’s better to relocate the squirrel into a puzzling manner, rather than a straight line release, or a dark enclosure.
If you can’t relocate the squirrel without harming the original location, it’s best to call a wildlife service. Wildlife professionals will know the exact distance needed to relocate the squirrel so it won’t come back to the same place. If you can’t convince the wildlife service to relocate the animal, you may have to remove the squirrel from its new home altogether.
One common misconception is that relocating a squirrel means that you will be releasing it into the wild. While releasing a squirrel into a public area is legal, it may be unsanitary and the animal could face a number of health risks. A more appropriate solution is to relocate the animal into a nearby wooded area with plenty of water. However, it’s important to note that the animal may not survive in its new habitat.
There are several risks when relocating a squirrel, including the possibility of the animal bringing its young. Mother squirrels are especially protective of their young, and may not relocate to a new area until the babies are old enough to leave. In such cases, relocating a squirrel will cause the animal to leave its nest before it’s ready. Nevertheless, this is better than the alternative, which is certain death.
Fortunately, there are many different humane traps you can use to remove a squirrel from your home. The most popular ones are one-way or repeater traps. Both work the same way: the squirrel enters the trap lured by a piece of bait and then the door closes on the animal. Repeater traps are also useful because they allow you to capture several squirrels at once. One-way traps are similar to repeater traps but have an opening that allows the animal to exit.
When setting a humane trap, keep in mind that the squirrel will likely come from a radius of a few miles. Remember, a squirrel can travel up to 2 miles in a day. When deciding on a safe distance, choose one that is within 10 miles. The more distance, the less likely the squirrel will come back. Always remember to check the distance and release the animal completely after the trapping.
Bringing squirrels 25 miles away
The most humane way to remove a flying squirrel from your property is to relocate it at least 25 miles away. However, you need to be very careful not to cause the animal pain by releasing it too close to your home. Relocation is not recommended if the squirrel is injured or already has a bad attitude. Once the squirrel has been safely relocated, make sure you check for any injuries and release it completely.
When removing a squirrel from a home, you should remember that it can travel as far as two miles from its nest. If you can manage to release it further away, then the chances of them coming back are much lower. However, if you are planning on releasing the squirrel, check with your local animal shelter whether it’s legal to release the animal. If you can’t find a local wildlife shelter, put food and water near it until you can get it to go away.
Legality of releasing squirrels outside of their original territory
Releasing squirrels outside of their original territory is illegal in most jurisdictions. It is prohibited to introduce any new species, including grey squirrels, into their territory without a license from Natural England. Even if the freed squirrels are not invasive, they are likely to be infected with diseases and parasites. Most freed squirrels die of stress, exhaustion and starvation. Most squirrels returned to their original territory are emaciated and have missing parts.
Relocating squirrels in mid-winter is especially dangerous. Squirrels rely on a food cache to survive winter, so moving them in the middle of winter will almost certainly kill them. The resulting snow and ice will destroy the food cache in the squirrel’s new home, so relocating it during the winter is a sure death sentence for the animal. However, some states have passed laws that allow the release of squirrels outside of their original territory.
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.