Who Do I Call About an Injured Squirrel in Minnesota?
When you see a squirrel, you may be wondering who to call. This article will discuss some options, including the Animal Humane Society, the Sheriff’s Office, and a Wildlife rehabilitation facility. Before calling anyone, it is important to take a moment to examine the area in which you saw the animal. Sometimes, animals will act strangely at different times or in different stages of their life, and you may be unable to reach them.
Animal Humane Society
If you’re unsure where to turn for help if you see an injured squirrel in Minnesota, the first thing to do is call the Animal Humane Society. There is one staff member on duty that can answer calls from members of the public and respond to emergency situations. Other species that need help include European starlings, Rock Pigeons, Mute Swans, House Sparrows, and bobcats.
After police in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, spotted a car stopped in the middle of the road, the driver hurried to help the squirrel, which was motionless. After the driver tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the animal, police officers approached him. The driver, Shane Robert Barnes, had his small-game license and was hunting squirrels in close season. Barnes, however, violated state rules by taking the squirrels with weapons other than a bow and arrow.
While the Sheriff’s Office often responds to animal emergencies, it is not generally the first line of defense when it comes to removing wild animals from property. Instead, they recommend using a licensed pest control service, such as Minnesota Critter Getter. Despite the name, the Sheriff’s Office focuses on domestic animal problems and will not remove wild animals from property unless there is a safety issue.
Wildlife rehabilitation facility
The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville treats more than 15,000 animals each year. The clinic started as a student organization and has expanded into one of the nation’s most successful rehab facilities. A team of 22 workers and hundreds of volunteers nurse these animals back to health. The facility is open daily, nine to six. However, visitors should observe social distancing rules to ensure the safety of the animals. Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota employees are also trained to deal with the public and to prevent animal cruelty.
The staff at a wildlife rehabilitation center is licensed to handle a wide range of species. They are required to maintain accurate records about every animal that they take in for treatment. The organization also requires licensed rehabilitators to submit quarterly and annual reports that detail all activities conducted in the facility. Annual reports should include the number of animals admitted each year and be due by Jan. 31 of the preceding year. Quarterly reports are due April 30, July 31, Oct. 31, and Jan. 31 of each quarter and must be filed by Jan. 31 for the preceding quarter.
If a wildlife rehabilitator can’t treat the animal, the public may call the Center for advice. However, in cases of raptors and other threatened species, it’s best to call the Raptor Center instead. For a consultation with a wildlife rehabilitator, call the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota for further information. The staff will attempt to return your call within one to two hours depending on their caseload.
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.