[nafex] Relocating squirrels

Steve sdw12986 at aol.com
Thu Aug 16 00:07:48 EDT 2012

I live in the Adirondack Mountains of New York state. Is relocating 
animals legal here? Not necessarily, but this is from a publication of 
the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation:
  Best practices
for nuisance wildlife control operators in New York State....
"Trap and transfer" (a.k.a. "relocation")
" Is this technique all bad? (If it was, would it be in this manual? 
Really.) Wildlife biologists relocate animals. This technique has been 
used to reintroduce wildlife into areas where they were once found, for 
example, or to stock certain areas with game species, such as wild 
turkey. But when it comes to nuisance wildlife, the usefulness of this 
technique is debatable.... so you'll need to think about it.

Should you decide to relocate an animal, there are several things you 
can do to give it the best possible chance of survival. Find an area 
with suitable habitat for that species, with good and varied sources of 
food and shelter. Release the animal during the time of day when it's 
naturally active, for example, release a nocturnal animal at dusk or in 
the evening, not in the middle of the day."

On 8/15/2012 6:31 PM, Spidra Webster wrote:
> You might want to check with your state law. In CA, for instance, it's
> illegal to relocate animals. There are pretty sound disease reasons (among
> others) for people not to relocate wildlife.

> On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Steve<sdw12986 at aol.com>  wrote:
>> >  Any opinions on just how far a person would need to move a squirrel to
>> >  make it unlikely to find it's way back? (Yes, I know the argument about
>> >  how it's more humane to just shoot them, rather than relocate them. We
>> >  don't need to have that discussion again BUT, if you must, go ahead!)
>> >
>> >  Steve
>> >

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