Around the world, tree squirrels are among the most prolific—and fun to watch—backyard wildlife species.

But not everyone appreciates their bright-eyed, bushy-tailed charms. The abundance of squirrels in rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods can cause people to view them as a nuisance and disregard their special role in ecosystems. Every year, countless squirrels are killed simply for doing what's natural: looking for a meal and finding a safe shelter. There are many great solutions when dealing with squirrels. 

Young squirrel being fed at South Florida Wildlife Center
Jessica Sayre Sonzogni
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The HSUS
Relocating squirrels isn’t a humane solution to conflicts.

In fact, a 2004 study of grey squirrels who were trapped and relocated from suburban areas to a large forest showed that a staggering 97 percent of the animals either soon died or disappeared from the release area.

Did you know?

Unlike other squirrel species, tree squirrels don’t hibernate. They instinctively bury food in hundreds of caches to dig up during leaner months—some of those stored acorns and other seeds are forgotten, making squirrels one of the most effective (if accidental) tree planters on the planet.

Bird in birdbath, enjoying a humane backyard
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No matter how big or small your outdoor space, you can create a haven for local wildlife. By pledging to provide basic needs like water, food and shelter for wildlife, you can make a difference in your own backyard.