Squirrel Trapping Tips

Squirrel in yardIn my previous post, “How To Catch A Squirrel In A Trap” I talked about using squirrel traps to capture nuisance squirrels which can then be released elsewhere, (check out the article to learn a little about the homing abilities of squirrels).

Today I want to offer a few tips and cautions on what to do once you actually have a wild squirrel trapped in a cage.

Three tips for handling squirrels:

1) Don’t stick your fingers in the cage! Although squirrels are very cute and have very soft fur, it goes without saying that they are wild animals and when trapped they will defend themselves at any opportunity provided by you. Squirrels have massive teeth compared to their relatively small heads. They can bite very, very hard. Not to mention the fact that if bitten you’ll need rabies shots. Use a leather glove when picking up or carrying the cage.

2) Most people have jobs away from their homes, when adding in travel time, consider the fact that you might be gone for ten hours or more. If a squirrel gets caught in your trap during the early evening of the night before and you head off to work early the next morning, that squirrel could potentially be stuck in the trap with no water for a total of nearly 24 hours.

If you’re often away from your home for most of the day, plan ahead by placing a small bowl in the trap before you catch the squirrel, (you don’t need to fill it with water yet). Make sure the bowl is heavy enough that the squirrel will not be able to flip it over if he steps on it.

Before you leave for work in the morning, check the trap, if you’ve caught a squirrel and don’t have time to travel to a release location before going to work, place the trap in a location that will receive shade all day long. Then use a cup or a jar to pour water through the bars of the cage to fill the bowl inside the cage. Release the squirrel as soon as possible.

3) And the final tip I have for this post is to check with your local fish & game department before trapping wildlife. While there’s probably no issues trapping squirrels on your own property, transporting wildlife and releasing it onto someone else’s property without a trapping permit might get you into trouble if a fish & game officer happen to see you doing it.

For more information on trapping squirrels, check out the other articles in the trapping category

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  1. Illinois law: you can only release wild animals on property that you own! No one else’s property, no public property, etc. I wonder how many other states have such laws??? My experience here in IL is that a trapped squirrel only lives a couple of hours.

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