Posted by John Fasoldt on 17:39:56 9/10/2012 from 22.214.171.124:
In reply to: Re: Relocating squirrels posted by Wm from down south on 9:06:53 9/10/2012 from 126.96.36.199:
lol. Tom, you have to understand... We have a LOAD of squirrel haters in this here forum!
But he IS right. When you relocate, all you're doing in relegating that problem to someone else - assuming, of course, that he can't find his way back. That's in addition to (possibly) spreading any diseases to a new squirrel population.
Fortunately, I guess you could say, most relocated squirrels are not able to establish a territory and generally perish.
And answering your question, to be SURE they can't come back, you would have to take them AT LEAST 5 miles away, in a zig-zag pattern. Even then it's possible for them to find their way back.
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