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Old 12-07-2008, 11:07 AM
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Default Been awhile and still have questions

It has been sometime since last posted any news about our squirrels. We finally found a rehabber that lived within 5 miles of us. She took them in, allowed us to have visitation once a week and we had a release party November 15th. She was wonderful and again I simply can't express my thanks for people like you and her who do this awesome job.
I have worried about them because of the cold weather we have been having, but they are in God's hands now and I pray for them. I continue to feed and care for the many squirrels who visit our backyard since the food supply was pretty much wiped out during hurricane Ike. I swear though, some of these guys are looking positively fat!
Now, a friend of mine has had this squirrel for over a year. She tried to release him, but he was terrified of the great outdoors. She now wants to know how she can obtain a permit to keep him legally. I have encouraged her to join this forum, but she is afraid someone will turn her in and take the squirrel away from her. I laughed at that but promised to help. Any advice for this lady? She resides near The Woodlands, Tx
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Old 12-08-2008, 09:58 AM
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Wow, good news and even a release party! WHOOHOO!! Good job!!

Unfortunately there is no way to keep a squirrel legally in Texas, at least not that I know of, unless you get a display or educational permit. But I am not certain.

If there is a permit for it, it'll be on this page:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publicat...untwild/forms/

Here are wildlife regulations:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/rehab/regs/

Also, your friend's concern about being turned in, is very real. After all, somebody did the exact same thing to me over on another forum (the reason why I decided to start my own forum) and it cost me 155 dollars fine and a year barred from obtaining my permit. So ya, there are some assholes out there, excuse my french, but there is just no nicer word.

Of course I'd like to say that would never happen in my forum, and I highly doubt it would, but I can't talk for everybody else, only myself, and I would only turn somebody in if there was grave danger to the person or animal, such as a rabid raccoon being kept with a baby in one cradle or something stupid like that, you know what I mean?

However, your friend can email me and we can try to figure something out. I have a hard time believing that the squirrel is afraid of the outdoors, unless it was introduced the wrong way or the behavior misinterpreted...but that's nothing that can't be fixed...IF your friend really wants to let the squirrel be a squirrel and set it free.
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Old 12-09-2008, 03:44 PM
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Default Re: Been awhile and still have questions

We had a squirrel who was afraid of the outdoors because he was afraid of any new thing. But after a week in the outdoor enclosure he was just fine, fine enough in fact to find the one spot in the brand new wire that wasn't twisted right and escape! Little Brat!
I agree with you miss D I would only turn someone in if there was a danger to a person or the animal.
If your friend can find someone to help her the squirrel can probably eventually released.Fear is usually something easily overcome. If she can get a permit to keep the little guy and decides to do that I am sure he'll be very happy too. My family has had three pet fox squirrels and they are great pets.
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Old 02-24-2009, 12:36 AM
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Default Re: Been awhile and still have questions

Hey All!
Missed you over the last few months!!! (And secretly hoping for a few new mouths to feed shortly...ssshhhhh.)
Here's my two cents:
1. I wouldn't turn anyone in for trying to help. Unless they were stupid (endangering the animal, family, friends, etc.).
2. If it weren't for this site, I might have been an emotional wreck for several months. I got great advice (we saved him!) and amazing emotional support from everyone (esp. MissD.).
3. One of the squirrels I released 4 years ago was scared to death of the entire "Outdoor idea". Although I released her with another squirrel that she had known for the preceding 10 weeks, she stayed pretty close for awhile. OK, she stayed really close for over a year. Truth be told, she'll still come to visit every week or so, even though she's already had at least 6 babies of her own, is comfortable with her surroundings, and seems very content. I think some of them are like that; they just need to touch "home" sometimes...
4. But I wouldn't have wanted to keep her inside the last 4 years. (Kind of like one of my kids...) Sometimes one of them just takes a little more encouragement to see how fun life can be, even if it is a little scary. It takes more effort, but once you see them out where they need to be, it's worth it.
5. I want to wish all of you an excellent Spring and hope your squirrel adventures are all positive.
(Thanks Sweetie!!!)
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Old 02-24-2009, 08:11 AM
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Good to see you, Helenmary!!! In spring even the users come out of the woodworks LOL.

I still have squirrels living in the trees in my yard from 7 years ago, sure they stick around, but they are free, which is the point of everything I do. It's their decision to stay or leave.

I hope you too have a great spring and we get to share a lot of success stories here!
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