Wildlife rescue and rehab centers are coming up on a very busy season… “squirrel season.” By the middle of August, we will be inundated with baby squirrels who have fallen out of their nest or who have been chucked out by their mom for one reason or another. Most squirrels have two breeding periods, December to February and May to June. I don’t know what it is about the summer babies, but they are constantly falling out and landing on the ground for kind-hearted people or predators to find.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU COME ACROSS A BABY SQUIRREL:
If you can reach the nest, put the baby back in it.
If you don’t know where the nest is, leave him on the ground and gently press on the baby’s foot to make him call for his mom. Then leave the area. If the mom knows where her baby is, she’ll come down the tree and carry it back to the nest, but she will never come around if people are nearby. You are a predator to her. Check on the baby later to make sure mom found him.
If the above two options don’t work, gently place the baby in a box or container in which it can breathe and take it to your closest wildlife rescue center. NEVER EVER try to raise or feed squirrels if you’re not a licensed rehabber. Babies require very specific formula in order to keep them strong and healthy. If not properly nourished, they will develop metabolic bone disease, a very painful condition that causes their bones to break. It’s cruel and inhumane (I can’t stress this enough), and there’s nothing that can be done to save them.
To locate your nearest wildlife rescue, visit your state’s Fish and Wildlife website. They will have resources to help you. Or you can comment below and I can help you find your nearest rescue.