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southern

Washington, DC

#1 Apr 9, 2012
If anyone comes across a baby squirrel who needs a foster moma Id love to be it until its ready to go into the wild!!!!!!

Since: Feb 12

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#2 Apr 9, 2012
They really do not make great pets; they will bite the hands that feed them. I know from experience.
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#3 Apr 9, 2012
I have one fell out of a tree had for a few days he just opens his eyes. Where are you located?
southern

Washington, DC

#4 Apr 9, 2012
2Guest wrote:
I have one fell out of a tree had for a few days he just opens his eyes. Where are you located?
My hubby works in Jackson off Airways. He could pick it up for me or you could drop it off at his work. I have everything I need for it. Id so love to foster it!
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#5 Apr 9, 2012
How can we contact without info on here?
donot

Jackson, TN

#8 Apr 10, 2012
It's illegal to keep captive wildlife in the state of TN.

Since: Feb 12

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#9 Apr 10, 2012
dont think TWRA will care about one lil ole grey squirrel.
southern

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 10, 2012
donot wrote:
It's illegal to keep captive wildlife in the state of TN.
i dont wanna keep it captive I just want to foster it long enough till it can go out on its own like they naturally have done before when Ive fostered them.
donot

Jackson, TN

#11 Apr 10, 2012
TWRA does care. When you take in a wild animal you inadvertently teach it to not fear humans and to depend on them (not good for the animal). If kept too long it can become impossible to re-release them into the wild because they will lack the skills to survive on their own. A majority of the time people stumble upon "orphaned" baby animals that are in fact not "orphaned". The mother has temporarily left them in order to feed and will return later.

Any wildlife that is found (even/especially if it is a baby) should be left alone (do not touch it), or call TWRA who will assess the situation, and if need be surrender the animal to a licensed rehabilitator. You can find a list here http://www.tn.gov/twra/wildliferehab.html .

I know they are cute. But please consider what is the right for the animal.
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#12 Apr 10, 2012
Omg donot, listen to your self it's a squirrel it FELL Out of the tree. Even if you called TWRA they aren't gonna come dressed up like momma squirrels and pick up the babies. They are gonna grab it up just like we did to care for it. Either that or leave it for the cats! And I can assure you with the Internet there is enough information on how to care for one, just because you work for TWRA dosent make you a captain of wildlife. And sorry I didn't get a response in time southern and give him away to a friend.
southside

United States

#13 Apr 10, 2012
donot wrote:
TWRA does care. When you take in a wild animal you inadvertently teach it to not fear humans and to depend on them (not good for the animal). If kept too long it can become impossible to re-release them into the wild because they will lack the skills to survive on their own. A majority of the time people stumble upon "orphaned" baby animals that are in fact not "orphaned". The mother has temporarily left them in order to feed and will return later.

Any wildlife that is found (even/especially if it is a baby) should be left alone (do not touch it), or call TWRA who will assess the situation, and if need be surrender the animal to a licensed rehabilitator. You can find a list here http://www.tn.gov/twra/wildliferehab.html .

I know they are cute. But please consider what is the right for the animal.
I assure you I know what Im doing. The ones I fostered before were dumped from there nests from a storm and tree cutters and the only ones left alive. Thank you for the info though.
southside

United States

#14 Apr 10, 2012
2Guest wrote:
Omg donot, listen to your self it's a squirrel it FELL Out of the tree. Even if you called TWRA they aren't gonna come dressed up like momma squirrels and pick up the babies. They are gonna grab it up just like we did to care for it. Either that or leave it for the cats! And I can assure you with the Internet there is enough information on how to care for one, just because you work for TWRA dosent make you a captain of wildlife. And sorry I didn't get a response in time southern and give him away to a friend.
Amen to what you said! And i hate that I didnt reply back soon enough! If you happen to find anymore ABANDONED babies please let me know. Thanks so much!
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#15 Apr 11, 2012
Ok I sure will. He was fun for a few days but after he opened his eyes he was going everywhere and I didn't have a place to contain him.
LCD

Mississauga, Canada

#16 Apr 11, 2012
Hi, found a bag stuffed with soil and shredded paper in our shed last evening. Didn't see anything in it until we shook it out and 4 babies fell to the ground. After research this morning they appear to be around 5-6 weeks. They did not move and their eyes were not opened, but they were alive. When they let out a little yelp the mother came up on the fence close by us. Did not know what to do for a couple of mins., so I got a pair of gloves and picked each one of them up to put back in the nested bag. I then put them back in the shed with some extra nesting that was previously found. We closed back up the shed and went inside out of sight of the mother hoping she'd come back and she did rather frantic after what just happened. We had no idea and felt really bad that this just happened. Can you please tell me if you think everything will be okay and the mother will resume her care with the little ones?
Greatly appreciated.
donot

Jackson, TN

#17 Apr 11, 2012
I do not work for the state in any way. But I have seen first hand the damage to "abandoned/rescued" animals caused by good intentioned individuals. You are right, TWRA is probably going to tell you to leave it alone. Which you should. Sometimes it's better to let nature take it's course. Sorry, but it's true.

My intention on even commenting on this post was A.) just to notify you that it is indeed illegal, and you can be fined for it if caught. B.) give you the information to contact the appropriate individuals to care for an animal that you really do what to help and see reintroduced to the wild with no ill effects caused by hand rearing.

If you hit that link I provided earlier you can see that they even tell you how to become a licensed rehabilitator yourself. If you are really interested in helping animals and not just bottle feeding something fluffy until it gets to be too much to handle, then dumping it off in the woods to fend for itself or giving it to someone else.

They do have requirements that have to be met, but none of which are outrageous. They just want you to be equipped (proper enclosures), informed (wild animals carry many diseases), and able to properly care for the animals. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet about wildlife care.
donot

Jackson, TN

#18 Apr 11, 2012
@ LCD More than likely the mother will come back and take care of them. Especially if she is already back looking for them, she might even move them. If at all possible avoid disturbing them further.
LCD

Mississauga, Canada

#19 Apr 11, 2012
Much appreciated there donot. Feel much better knowing this and I will not disturb them further.
Have a great day my friend. Cheers.......
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#20 Apr 11, 2012
Donot sorry to say your the type of person sitting in your house watching your neighbor pick up a baby squirrel in their front yard and call the authorities on them! Just to raise some ruckus! You mention way to much how "illegal" it is. Big whoop! Let it be. If someone tries to help and the animal dies so be it, it has just as much survival rate as it does being left out on the dang ground!
donot

Jackson, TN

#21 Apr 11, 2012
@2Guest You certainly jump to a lot of conclusions about someone you know nothing about. I initially mentioned it was illegal because a lot of people don't realize it is illegal, and secondly to try and dissuade people from doing so on such principle (it being illegal) since obviously the idea sounds so appealing to so many regardless of the impact it has on the animal. Maybe I have been fined myself in the past but have now seen the error of my ways, and didn't want someone else to get in trouble as well. I'm merely trying to point out that more times than not the mother comes back for the babies and mother knows best how to raise them. Whether it's a silly squirrel, deer, coon, or possum. Just leave them alone.
2Guest

Jackson, TN

#22 Apr 11, 2012
That's fine, I understand your point of helping others. People are going to do what they want to do regardless though. I think these laws are silly and just a stupid way to make money and extra taxes. I've been fined myself for fishing without a license. Stuff like that is ridiculous. I have also seen people have life long pets and TWRA come rip these tame animals out from under them and release them into the wild and they end up hunted. People hunt to eat and some keep pets it shouldn't matter whatever you want to do. If you catch something get bit or rabies it's the persons fault. It's life.

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