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Old September 30th, 2010, 02:19 PM
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Neighbour has relocated some squirrels. I am concerned.

I was just told by a neighbour that some red squirrels had gotten into his main attic and he has been relocating them. Apparently there were some younger ones as well, not fully grown so obviously a family. He took them to a small park that is probably no more than a mile and a half away. This neighbour's roof has been in need of repairs and reshingling for years and I am not at all surprised that the poor squirrels were able to find what they thought was a safe haven in there. I implied to the neighbour that he would have been better to try to do something about his roof.

I am feeling quite concerned about what will happen to these squirrels now that they have being relocated. I suspect that not all of them will survive. I have seen squirrels gathering food in preparation for winter for the last couple of months. Now they will need to to it all over again as well as find or make suitable shelters for the winter with only perhaps as little as one month to go before the snow flies.

I am thinking about taking some nuts and sunflower seeds out to the park to help them along, but this is a public park where people and their pets go and I don't know where I could place them so the squirrels can find them in safety and they will not be disturbed. I will have to take a look at the park. It is quite small and I can't even remember if there are very many trees there or how big they are. I am also wondering if these squirrels will try to find their way back. Even though it is not a huge distance away I doubt that they will be able to do that.

NoahGrey and others, I would really appreciate your thoughts on what you think might happen to these squirrels as a result of the relocation and what I might do to help them.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 03:06 PM
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Indeed not all will survive. But in the big picture, if this guy was a real bugger, none of them would.

In this case you must balance alternatives. He made the humaine choice in my opinion.

I am certain my response is not going to be popular, but I have seen what people will do with wildlife and in this case the person took the time to relocate and not torture.

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Depending on how far the neighbour has taken them, they may find their way back.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Depending on how far the neighbour has taken them, they may find their way back.
Chances are they will.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 04:05 PM
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Depending on how far the neighbour has taken them, they may find their way back.
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Chances are they will.
That is something I'm wondering about. I don't know if they are even still in the park where he dropped them off. It's difficult to know what, if anything, I can do to make things easier for them since I really don't know where they are right now. Trouble is, if they do come back, they can still get in his attic. When I mentioned roof repairs again, he said he would likely do some repairs in the spring. There is still time for him to get on it right now before winter.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 04:49 PM
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It is against the law to relocate wild life more than 1 kilometre from their habitat......you say about 1 1/2 miles, it's doubtful they will return to their former neighbourhood
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Old September 30th, 2010, 03:52 PM
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Indeed not all will survive. But in the big picture, if this guy was a real bugger, none of them would.

In this case you must balance alternatives. He made the humaine choice in my opinion.

I am certain my response is not going to be popular, but I have seen what people will do with wildlife and in this case the person took the time to relocate and not torture.

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I fully agree with you, BenMax. If he was that type of person (and I'm sure there are many like that), he could have done a whole lot worse to those squirrels. He does happen to love animals (has about 5 indoor cats that are well taken care of).

However, I still can't help being somewhat ticked off. We had a discussion about four years ago where he mentioned that he thought squirrels might be getting in his attic and at that time I suggested that perhaps some roof repairs were in order (it was already in a visible state of disrepair at that time). I realize that a new roofing job is very expensive nowadays and I can't pretend to know his financial circumstances but he is an able bodied man in his thirties and I'm sure he could have done some kind of repairs before it came to this.
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