Movement And Mortality Of
Translocated Squirrels

Results from a three year study regarding squirrel relocation movement and mortality rates, as published in 2004 by the Universities Federation For Animal Welfare. As part of this study, 38 urban and suburban area squirrels were captured and translocated to a large forest where they did not fare well.
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Synopsis

Squirrels are typically seen as a nuisance by residents of suburban and urban neighborhoods, getting inside attics, eating out of bird feeders, and damaging roofs, siding and other areas of the house.

Homeowners are quick to call wildlife control professionals to trap and relocate these little animals assuming the squirrels will do just fine once relocated to a forest outside of town or other rural location.

However, as the study shows, this is not necessarily the case.

The squirrels in this study were captured in metropolitan neighborhoods in the Baltimore-Washington, area, and translocated to a forest environment.

Capture methods and translocation procedures were the same for each squirrel, including the use of tracking collars. However, release locations at the refuge site varied due to the importance of maintaining balance in the environment where the squirrels were translocated.

Indications were that the squirrels did not fare well, within three months, 37 of the 38 squirrels either died or disappeared from the refuge.

 

Additional Studies

For further information on this topic, we've included here for you, an additional study conducted on gray squirrels in Canada, published in 2013. This university study examines stress factors in translocated squirrels as evidenced by biological indicators.

 
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