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    Default Are singles less likely to want a life in the trees?

    I was just wondering if singles become more attached to their person then multiples? Are they less likely to want a life in the trees? I'm raising a 13 week old male fox squirrel that I've had since he was 5 weeks old. I have to overwinter him because he's not weaned. Just curious if he would be more likely to want to stay with me. My plan is to release him in the spring.

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    Default Re: Are singles less likely to want a life in the trees?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiesMom View Post
    I was just wondering if singles become more attached to their person then multiples? Are they less likely to want a life in the trees? I'm raising a 13 week old male fox squirrel that I've had since he was 5 weeks old. I have to overwinter him because he's not weaned. Just curious if he would be more likely to want to stay with me. My plan is to release him in the spring.


    It is always better to raise and release in groups whenever possible.

    The almost always wild up and will often start attacking people when they are about 10 - 12 months old... sometimes they do not attack the primary care-giver, but since after all that time they have lost their fear of people they readily attack strangers.

    They almost always (99%) want the life in the trees they we born to live...

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    Default Re: Are singles less likely to want a life in the trees?

    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgiesMom View Post
    I was just wondering if singles become more attached to their person then multiples? Are they less likely to want a life in the trees? I'm raising a 13 week old male fox squirrel that I've had since he was 5 weeks old. I have to overwinter him because he's not weaned. Just curious if he would be more likely to want to stay with me. My plan is to release him in the spring.
    Once outside a squirrel's natural instincts really kick in, there has been a few exceptions but for the majority they
    will always choose their intended life to be free in the trees over ours.

    My last release I had him since he was a baby, he was overwintered and released at the appropriate time.
    Five days later he was brought back in due to injury, overwintered again. We were both very bonded to each other.
    He was going on two years old when released again. As close as we were, he wants nothing to do with me.
    He is in his own element and doing beautifully out there just being the squirrel he was meant to be.
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    Default Re: Are singles less likely to want a life in the trees?

    The older they become the stronger their genetically wired instincts become. They want to leap from tree to tree and they want to be fruitful and multiply. They will always be wired to be a squirrel.

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    Default Re: Are singles less likely to want a life in the trees?

    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    Once outside a squirrel's natural instincts really kick in, there has been a few exceptions but for the majority they
    will always choose their intended life to be free in the trees over ours.

    My last release I had him since he was a baby, he was overwintered and released at the appropriate time.
    Five days later he was brought back in due to injury, overwintered again. We were both very bonded to each other.
    He was going on two years old when released again. As close as we were, he wants nothing to do with me.
    He is in his own element and doing beautifully out there just being the squirrel he was meant to be.
    Mine were like this at first, but slowly 2 out of 3 let me start getting closer and closer to them. Then with the help of treats, they eventually came to me. Now i just whistle and they will come and jump right on me. Only one of them allows me to pet her though. If i dont have any food that they are interested in though, they will take off back into the woods.
    It just seems "too serious" and "dangerous" being free. I miss seeing them all playful and hop'n around and rolling in their blanky all carefree. They seemed much happier then. Its hard not to scoop em up and run back home with em.

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