What to Do About an Injured Squirrel in My Yard
Despite its cute appearance, you might not know how to handle an injured squirrel in your yard. Here are some tips for caring for the injured animal. Read on to learn about Releasing your injured squirrel and how to remove parasites. Then you can enjoy the squirrel’s company once again. In the meantime, you should make sure that the squirrel you’ve rescued is safe, healthy, and free of harmful parasites.
Care of an injured squirrel
If you notice an injured squirrel in your yard, the first thing to do is to remove it from its environment. If possible, try placing it in a clean, dry box. The next step is to put it in a warm, quiet area, preferably in your house. Unless you are comfortable handling wild animals, you should contact a wildlife rehabilitation center for assistance. A wildlife rehabilitation center can help you find a veterinarian or refer the squirrel to a rehab program.
If the squirrel is a juvenile, you should first try to catch it before it falls out of its nest. Juveniles have fluffy tails and can run, jump, and climb. However, if it has been missing for four hours, you should go to the local wildlife center or SFACC to help it. You may also find an injured adult squirrel if it was part of a litter and does not appear to be hurt.
A wildlife rescue center may help you get the injured squirrel back into the wild. If you can’t catch it, contact your local animal control or police department for assistance. They will transport it for re-release. Depending on the nature of the injury, it may take days to fully recover. Nevertheless, you should avoid releasing the injured animal near busy roads, highways, or intersections. This will help the animal readjust to its new environment.
Releasing an injured squirrel
Depending on the species and location of the injured squirrel, you may be able to release it back into the wild yourself. However, rehabilitating an injured animal requires a certain level of expertise. Before reintroducing an injured animal into its natural habitat, contact a wildlife rescue for advice. A wildlife rescue worker can help you determine the best way to release the injured animal and will provide valuable information. You can also contact a wildlife rescue for advice on how to care for injured squirrels.
First, find a box that is slightly larger than the injured squirrel. Use a towel or piece of cardboard to cover its eyes. Then, put the box on its side and gently nudge the squirrel into the box. You can also use a piece of cardboard or soft broom to guide it into the box. Once it is upright, roll the squirrel gently into the box. It may need to be held while being handled to prevent injury.
If the injured squirrel is a baby, you should place it in a safe area where it will not be harmed. If possible, try not to touch the baby, and do not approach it. If possible, leave it in a shoebox with something warm. Cover the shoebox with a flannel shirt or other warm materials. However, do not place anything over the baby. As far as food goes, don’t give it any.
Removing parasites from a squirrel
If you’ve discovered an injured squirrel in your yard, you should quickly remove all parasites from the animal, which may include fleas, ants, and maggots. To do this, follow the steps on our page on stabilizing injured squirrels. You can also use a large towel to cover the squirrel’s eyes. After you’ve done this, place the squirrel in a small box, preferably on a heating pad. When the squirrel appears to be upright, use a soft broom or piece of cardboard to gently nudge it into the box.
Once you’ve removed the parasites, you can apply an effective solution. While a squirrel’s immune system will be weakened, the toxins contained in the spray should kill any bacteria and diseases it’s harboring. The spray will work well to remove any parasites. If the symptoms of disease are severe, you can treat the squirrel using a veterinary medicine. However, this treatment will require a prescription.
If the baby squirrel is exhibiting strange behavior, it may have been bitten by a cat or dog. A squirrel may also be unable to flee from the area or may have been infected by a fly or flea egg. If you are unable to remove the parasites from the injured squirrel, you should not attempt to handle it. It may try to attack you in a desperation mode, or the mother may return to pick up her babies one at a time.
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.