How Far Do I Have to Relocate a Squirrel So It Doesn’t Come Back?
Relocating a squirrel is not a good option if you don’t want to hurt it. You should provide food to it so it can stay around, but don’t trap it. Leaving it without its mother is inhumane, and it will die in pain. You should also never relocate a squirrel into another squirrel’s territory. However, it may be worth the effort if you can provide it with a decent habitat.
Trapping and relocating squirrels is not humane
Although trapping and relocating squirrels are not completely inhumane, they are a temporary solution. Squirrels will eventually replace the animal you catch, causing more pain and suffering for both parties. Additionally, trapping does not eliminate the problem; once the animal is freed, other wildlife will naturally replace it. Despite its supposed benefits, trapping and relocating is not a humane option for squirrels.
In Canada, it is illegal to transport wild animals, which are protected by law. In addition to the danger of dehydration, trapped squirrels may also face harassment by predators. In addition, relocating an animal into a new habitat puts the animal at a disadvantage, as it will likely encounter hostility from the local wildlife. If you trap and relocating squirrels, you run the risk of leaving behind babies.
Leaving baby squirrels without their mother is inhumane
When a baby squirrel falls out of the tree, it may be a good idea to contact a wildlife rehabilitator to help you rescue it. If the tree was felled, but the nest is still intact, it may be an opportunity to rescue the baby squirrel. When you do encounter a baby squirrel, keep a safe distance. It can be placed in a shoebox with some warm items. The baby squirrel should be protected by a flannel shirt and kept warm.
While baby squirrels may be adorable, they should not be abandoned in a fenced-in area. If you hear them squeaking, go look for them. Leave the baby alone until the mother comes back to care for it, or contact a wildlife rehabilitator. Once they are found, they will need help adjusting to their new environment and figuring out where to feed.
Relocating a squirrel in another squirrel’s territory causes a painful death
Relocating a squirrel in another squirrel’a territory can be a very painful death for both of them. Because squirrels have a strict territorial instinct, moving them into another’s territory is a death sentence. Trying to relocate them into the territory of another species will likely cause them to flee or be chased out of the area. Relocating an animal in another squirrel’s territory will likely result in a painful death, as they will be unable to survive without their cache.
Relocating a single animal into another’s territory is not a good idea. This will only result in the intruder squirrel having no access to food or shelter. In addition, relocation will cause the resident squirrel to abandon their young, which isn’t the best thing for the local wildlife. In addition, if a female is caught in a trap during breeding season, she will likely die of starvation.
Providing food to squirrels is a good idea
Some people find that providing food to squirrels is a nuisance, but it can also be beneficial for wildlife. Squirrels have a huge appetite and are known to eat anything that is available, from nuts to seeds and fruit. While some people may consider providing food to squirrels as a way to encourage wildlife, the RSPCA discourages this practice as it can lead to an overpopulation of squirrels and may cause a danger to people and their property.
Squirrels can be dangerous, but only minor injuries are likely to occur. However, they may carry serious diseases, as well as fleas and unwanted microorganisms. It’s also important to note that feeding squirrels can cause an ecological imbalance that will affect the whole food chain. Therefore, it’s important to provide only the foods that are suitable for squirrels.
Getting a squirrel permit
If you’re planning to move a squirrel and it’s in your yard, you need to get a permit before you start. While moving a squirrel is not a crime, releasing it outside of its territory is. Most jurisdictions prohibit this, but the primary reason is to prevent the spread of diseases or parasites. Even so, few charges are ever brought against those who release a squirrel; more often than not, warnings are issued.
Before releasing a squirrel, make sure that the animal has fully grown. Otherwise, it won’t survive anywhere outside of the nest. Similarly, if the animal is a baby, it will probably not survive without its parents. Make sure to release it with its parents. If the animal has been deprived of food, it will not survive in 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.