If You Find A Baby Squirrel

Gray squirrels nest twice each year, in early spring and in late summer

Is the squirrel injured (bleeding, broken bones, wounds, been in a cat’s mouth, etc.)?

• If YES, take the squirrel to the nearest wildlife veterinarian or rehabilitator (for juvenile squirrels, wear thick leather gloves when handling. Even young squirrels can bite!)

Is the squirrel fully furred with its eyes opened?
  • If YES, the squirrel still needs nursing and care from its mother. Mother squirrels may “rescue” stray babies by carrying them by the scruff back to the nest. For very small squirrels, attempt to locate the nest (big ball of dried leaves at the top of a tree) and try to get the baby to climb up the trunk. Alternatively, place the baby in an open box [without a lid] at the base of the tree. Be sure the baby is warm or the parents may think it’s dead.  Cold = death to wildlife.

Check back several hours later to see if the baby is still there. If the baby has not been fed or attended to for an entire day, contact a state licensed small mammal rehabilitator immediately.

NOTE: Raising a wild animal in captivity is illegal unless you have a state permit. For information on how you can become a permitted wildlife rehabilitator, contact Wildlife Welfare Center.