Why Not to Eat a Squirrel in the Fall
This article will cover some of the most common reasons not to eat a squirrel. Avoid stalking the squirrel and eating it if it is in the treetops or in motion. In addition, never attempt to skin or skinne the squirrel if you see a wolf nearby. Lastly, avoid eating the squirrel if you are in an area where wolves roam. This is particularly important in the fall when squirrels are most vulnerable to attacks.
Avoid stalking a squirrel
When stalking a squirrel, it is best to wait until the squirrel moves from its perched position. Hunkering against a tree or branch is a good idea, since the squirrel won’t hear you moving around. Moreover, squirrels can’t hear you if they’re walking around, so they’ll move to get a better look at you. Eventually, you’ll get close enough to take a shot.
During early autumn, finding a squirrel can be difficult, as the trees are still full of leaves. Instead, look for fuzzy tree knots, hairy bark, or the glint of an early morning sun in a small black eye. Nevertheless, it is best to wait until after a shower, when the squirrels are more active. However, do not stalk a squirrel during the first few months of autumn because the weather may make it more aggressive.
Avoid eating a squirrel with wolves
If you see a squirrel with a tumor, it may be time to throw it out! This mass of parasites is actually the larvae of the bot fly, which spends part of its early life under the skin of rodents. Some hunters simply throw away these animals, unaware of their parasitic condition. In some cases, however, hunters don’t know what’s happening and will simply dispose of the animal as they don’t want to expose their children to the wolves.
When stalking a squirrel, always avoid snatching it when it’s on the ground. This means the animal will be less alert than when it’s in trees, and they’ll likely be hiding in a tree when you approach them. If you’re too close, put something between yourself and the squirrel. This way, they won’t be able to see you.
Avoid catching a squirrel in the treetops
One of the best ways to catch a squirrel is to wait until the morning mists have cleared. Squirrels spend most of their time in the treetops, so wait until you see a drizzle. If you catch them in the treetops before the mists are gone, they will be less likely to flee and will stay close to the base of the tree.
You can trap the squirrel in a live trap and bait it with peanut butter. Remember to release the squirrel outside. While trapping a squirrel, check your house for possible entry points. If the squirrel has built a nest near your fireplace, check for soot on the walls or around your furnace. Also check the attic for entry holes. If you’re in a pinch, you can purchase live traps from a hardware store or animal control facility.
Avoid catching a squirrel while it is moving around
First, remember not to attempt to catch a squirrel while it is moving around. A squirrel’s behavior is aggressive, and it will defend its territory by chasing and attacking newcomers. Most of the time, it dies from the stress of fleeing and starvation. It will likely return to its old territory emaciated and with missing parts. If you do catch a squirrel while it is moving around, you must wait until it has a chance to move on to another location.
Squirrels nest twice a year, usually in tree cavities or on dreys, which are large balls of dried leaves. Babies are often left behind when the mother is trapped. Baby squirrels will eventually die without their mother. To avoid killing the baby squirrels, wear heavy leather gloves and use a blanket to trap them. Try to avoid touching the tail or claws, as these can cause injury to the animal.
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.