How to Approach a Wild Squirrel
If you’re wondering how to approach a wild squirrel, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, if you want to attract the animal’s attention, don’t approach it head-on. Instead, provide it with food and wait for at least 24 hours before approaching it. Also, be aware of predators nearby and wait for at least a week before attempting to tame it.
Providing food for wild squirrels is a great way to help them survive in your yard. This tiny creature is highly adaptable to humans and can survive on just about anything you can find. While they are naturally scavengers, humans can supplement their food supply by providing them with nuts, nut butter, and seedlings. While they are very good at foraging, you should only feed them when necessary.
While you may not know it, providing wild squirrels with a healthy diet is important for their health. They need a varied diet that is high in vitamins, minerals, and calcium. It is especially important to provide high-quality vegetables that contain plenty of calcium, such as broccoli, arugula, and kale. They should also have access to fresh water that is clean and free from chemicals. They can also eat meat, fruit, and nuts, which they prefer.
Waiting 24 hours
A wildlife rehabilitator may recommend bringing a young squirrel into their care. These animals may have limited survival chances if left in the hands of a human. Young animals also do not possess the survival skills to survive on their own. For this reason, wildlife rehabilitators often recommend placing the young in a nearby open box. It is important to wait 24 hours before approaching a wild squirrel. The squirrel will probably be alarmed if you approach it.
If you are unsure about the safety of approaching a wild squirrel, you can always call the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. A wildlife rehabilitator can help you find out the proper protocol for approaching wild squirrels. If you do encounter a wild squirrel while in an open area, you should leave the baby alone for at least 24 hours to allow the mother to retrieve it. Otherwise, it is highly unlikely that the mother will abandon her young.
Be aware of predators
As a youngster, squirrels learn to be vigilant for predators. Squirrels do not move in groups and do everything on their own, so they are often wary of humans. Young squirrels may approach you out of fear or desperation. They may scratch or make aggressive noises if you approach them. Always stay away from these animals. Squirrels may also be nursing a young litter. If they are nursing, be aware of possible predators when approaching wild squirrel.
If you are trying to approach a wild squirrel, make sure you keep a safe distance. Some species of squirrels choose the nearest tree as their refuge. Others will choose the next nearest tree, which is less of a threat. Remember, squirrels must run in the general direction of the approach of a predator to reach a safe place. This proximity can compromise their safety in reaching a tree. If you approach a squirrel without a cage, they may be unable to flee.
Avoiding taming a squirrel
There are several steps to follow when you decide to try taming a wild squirrel. The first step is to avoid causing a disturbance in the squirrel’s home. Depending on its size, it may take weeks or months to be tamed, so be patient. You can try offering the squirrel peanuts to encourage it to approach you. You can also try offering it treats, such as sunflower seeds or almonds.
You must be patient and calm when taming a wild squirrel. Generally, the younger the squirrel is, the easier it is to tame. You should also start introducing the animal to humans at an early age. Once it starts getting used to humans, it will begin to trust you. While a wild squirrel has a natural fear of humans, it will become used to you once you get to know it. These animals are playful, but they will need lots of attention.
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.