How to Kill a Squirrel in a Live Trap
While box traps are considered the most humane way to catch a squirrel, they aren’t the only option. Drowning is not a very humane method, either. Instead, relocating a squirrel during the winter is a far more humane option than ensuring its death. You should avoid using air pistols to kill a squirrel, but they can be a quick and easy option if you don’t have any other options.
Box traps are the most humane way to capture a squirrel
If you want to catch a squirrel in a humane and cost-effective manner, box traps are the best option. Box traps should have saloon style doors that can’t swing open from the inside. You can place pieces of wood on either side of the trap door to prevent the squirrel from getting out. If you want to trap a squirrel that is a threat to your home or yard, you can also use a fence. For extra protection, the box traps should have a roof and floor.
A box trap is a metal box that has a trigger plate on the side. You can place peanut butter or other bait inside the box. Squirrels prefer peanut butter over other types of bait. When the squirrel steps on the bait, it triggers a spring and closes the door. Once it’s trapped, you can either release it or dispatch it. These traps are best used when they are not near humanely-injurious to people and pets.
Air pistols can also kill a squirrel
When using an air pistol, you have several options to kill a squirrel. Some pellet guns and air rifles are designed to kill small game. While a high-speed air pistol is not as effective, a high-powered rifle will definitely do the trick. If you want to kill a squirrel with a rifle, most people recommend one with a near-1000-fps rating. However, some smaller varmits may require less power, so a 750-fps air gun will be fine. High-end CO2-propelled guns are also available.
A squirrel will run towards the feed and start nibbling on it. The gun’s crosshairs will settle on its skull. You’ll need to adjust your aim before shooting the squirrel, but the pellet will deliver a clean kill by drilling through the skull and slamming into the block. This will ensure that the squirrel dies quickly and easily. A squirrel killed with an air pistol will usually scurry away, so you’ll need to find one with high accuracy.
Drowning is not a humane way to dispatch a squirrel
While the death of a squirrel can be brutal, there are other humane ways to kill the animal. One method is to drown it. Noble gases, such as carbon monoxide, are heavier than air and are effective in instantly dispatching the animal. The animal suffers a painful and prolonged deprivation of oxygen. Drowning a squirrel takes approximately two to four minutes.
The cause of the death was unclear at the time, but the incident is troubling and warrants investigation. A local animal control officer is responsible for the care of squirrels in the area. He also has the authority to enforce the animal welfare laws and regulate the killing of animals. The Whatcom Humane Society and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife are facing legal action over the deaths of several squirrels in their care.
Relocating a squirrel in mid-winter is preferable to certain death
Relocating a squirrel is more humane than catching it in a live trap in mid-winter. The animal will likely be relocating, and its new surroundings will be unfamiliar. It will have to compete with other animals, and will likely get attacked or chased out. In a study published in 2004, 97% of gray squirrels died in a live trap.
When the winter months approach, it is often better to relocate the squirrel in mid-winter than risk the animal’s certain death. A squirrel nests in homes, and knowing it can rely on a food supply and a shelter will likely encourage it to stay in your home. If this isn’t possible, you may want to consider a trap that doesn’t use poison. Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control uses non-toxic chemicals to remove a squirrel.
Humane ways to kill a squirrel in a cage
If you have a squirrel infestation in your home, you probably already know how to kill a squirrel in a live trap, but there are other, more humane ways to do so. You can take the animal to a veterinarian to ensure that it has suffered no harm, or you can perform the killing yourself. Regardless of the method you choose, there are several things that you need to remember.
If you are comfortable handling the process, you can try squeezing the animal. You can either use a manual or mechanical squeegee, and the animal will stop almost instantly after the squeezing. However, if you are not sure about your local laws, it is best to seek professional assistance. The method should be carried out only by a trained person who is experienced in handling such a situation.
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.