Now that you have had them in an outside cage for a few weeks, you are going to be ready to release them into the wild. Usually you will come to this point at about 5 or 6 months in. Also, please make sure that when you release the squirrel there are not dogs or other animals that might quickly make easy work of them. Dogs especially have the instinct to chase and kill squirrels, so be very careful if you have a dog or there are dogs near by. Another concern is always going to be drivers nearby. Don’t release near a road that is heavily traveled all day.

Once in a great while you can use your own backyard as a release point and they will decide that they want to stick around. Then you can leave food high out in a tree and they will continue to come back for it time and again. This gives you a chance to at the very least give them food for the first 10 to 14 days after the initial release time. It gives you the chance to do that little extra if you are concerned. Remember though, sometimes they will just take off and won’t come back. Then you can just hope that you did everything right and did everything that you could, it is in their hands now.

Of course, you are going to need a beautiful day to release them on as well. If it is a day that is too cold or too hot it could end up doing more harm than good. When you find that day and decide to release, open the cage and leave it open for at least a few days. They may decide that they want to come back and then leave a few times. Also ensure that you are a close distance to them, as they will need that sense of security for the first time they enter the wild. If you are able, keep an eye out for them and see if they have built up the skills needed to get water and food.

Most likely, they will keep coming back to the cage that they were released in for a while. It is your job to ensure that they have what they need when they do. If they are in the cage at night, you are going to shut it to prevent other animals from boxing them in. You will know when they have found a home by the fact that they didn’t return. That is a good sign and that means that you can clean everything up from this rescue and get it ready for another should you need it.

Make Sure That You Release!

It can be very tempting to say, why don’t I just keep the squirrel as a pet? But, that is the worst possible thing that you can do. Squirrels are not meant to be pets, and they really need to be in the wild. If you try and keep them as a pet after they have grown up, you can be in for a terrible experience. They will take every chance they get to chew everything up, from electrical to anything else they can get their little hands and teeth on. If they do end up getting a hold of electrical, which they will eventually should you keep them, they can end up dying from chewing on it.

I’ll admit, it can seem like a pretty obvious idea to keep the squirrel for yourself. By this time I am sure you have built up some sort of an attachment with the animal and don’t want to let them go. I must stress upon you the importance of not having that happen though. They need to be in the wild. They are not a domestic animal and there is a reason for that. They can’t spend anymore time in that cage and you are not going to be able to watch them every minute of every day for the rest of their lives. So, remain strong when you release them. Force yourself to do it. It will be a sad moment when the time comes, but you can rest assured knowing that you did the right thing. Now it is up to your little buddy from here on out.