Will the city or county animal services help me with a squirrel issue?
There may have been times in the past when county animal services used to help people with wildlife animals, but these days they provide services strictly in regard to domestic animals, i.e. pets, such as cats and dogs. When it comes to abused pets, lost pets, pets that need to be vaccinated or neutered, or stray cats and dogs, they will respond. In the case of a problem with a squirrel on your property, they will not respond to your call and will instruct you to contact a wildlife rehabilitator service. Luckily for you, since there are squirrels across our country, wildlife services are also spread across the country. In the case when you notice a squirrel on your property, you will probably not have any problem finding professional wildlife help in your area.
In order to determine whether you need to call a wildlife rehabilitator that deals with squirrels, first determine whether the squirrel is just passing by or if it lives on your property. After you have seen the squirrel more than once over a course of several days, it is safe to say that this squirrel is living somewhere near your home. Then you need to make sure that this squirrel is venomous. If this squirrel isn’t dangerous, then there is no need to make big fuss about it – this squirrel is actually beneficial for you because squirrels feed on small rodents, such as rats and mice, so they will keep your property clear from these nasty menaces.
If it turns out that the squirrel that has inhabited your property is a venomous squirrel, then don’t hesitate to contact a professional who will take care of this animal in a safe way for both you and your family, and for the squirrel in question. Professionals know how to catch a squirrel and how to safely remove it from your property.
Until the squirrel has been removed from your property, find comfort in the fact that squirrels are not aggressive animals; they don’t attack until they feel threatened, so you can generally feel safe as long as you stay away from it.