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Squirrel Trapping

Summary: Trapping and relocating wild animals around your home may seem like the answer to your problems. Just be sure you know the laws in your state about releasing trapped animals. Many states do not permit it.

Jim A; Thunder Bay, Ontario asks: I have been live trapping red squirrels and releasing them about ten minutes away and across the river from my house. Do these squirrels find their way back to me or do I just keep on getting new squirrels from somewhere else?

Dear Jim: There are various studies on the homing capabilities of red squirrels, but none seems to be conclusive about how far away a red squirrel can find its way home. I read a story about someone who swears his squirrels have returned from twenty-five miles away. (Must be something really special in his attic.)

I've been unable to find any information about the homing capabilities of any squirrels be they red squirrels, black squirrels, grey squirrels, flying squirrels or ground squirrels.

My guess is that dropping your squirrells off ten minutes away from your home is not far enough, but regardless of the distance, you need to be certain you are not breaking the squirrel trapping law. Some states really frown on the practice of releasing trapped animals. Many locations require that trapped animals be euthanized. There can be big fines associated with releasing animals back into the wild illegally. You need to check with your local natural resource agency to avoid running into legal troubles.

Better yet, you might want to consider calling a local pest control company or an animal removal company to do the "dirty" work.

Click here to watch my short video on how to trap for squirrels.

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