Adults

The most common injuries are interaction with pets, cars, or poisons.

An adult squirrel in need may still bite.  Be extra cautious and wear protective gear when picking up a squirrel.  If you have a pillow case, place it in the case and then in a well-ventilated container.  Keep it warm, dark, and very quiet until you reach a wildlife center.

To pick it up, place a protected hand on its shoulders and hips and gently press down. Pick it up from the shoulders and hips and place quickly in a pillowcase or directly into a container with ventilation

When to Intervene

  • Obvious bleeding
  • Obvious injuries or breaks
  • Contact with a pet’s mouth
  • Bleeding from nostrils (potential poison)
  • Eyes crusted shut
  • Lethargic and covered with insects

 

Babies

Mothers always want their babies back and do not care if humans have touched them.

If you find a baby and there are no pets nearby, it is best to wait for the mother to come for it. Watch for a distance for 15-30 minutes to see if the mother comes to pick up her baby.

When to Intervene

  • If you are certain the mother is not present
  • If the baby is cold to the touch
  • If there are cats or dogs present
  • If it has obvious injuries
  • If it is lethargic and has insects crawling on it
  • If it is alive but its body is stiff

Babies and juveniles will chill very fast.  Once you determine there is no mother, it is important to warm it as best you can in a dark, quiet container and bring it to a wildlife center asap.

Note:  It is illegal to raise a squirrel on your own or keep it.  Even holding on to it for a few weeks can hinder its chances of making it back to the wild properly.