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    Can anyone suggest a humane way to dispose of squirrels after capture? I understand that you cannot release them in the wild

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    I listened to a podcast recently from Wiggly Wigglers about this very issue.

    It is illegal to re-release grey squirrels back into the wild as they are classed as vermin.

    There are 3 legal ways to deal with them.
    1, Shoot them with an air rifle
    2, Remove the squirrel from the cage into a hessian sack (i kid you not) and hit it over the head.
    3, Take the squirrel to a vet who will humanly destroy it for you.

    It's important to realise if you remove a squirrel from an area, other squirrels will occupy that area sooner rather than later.

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    put its head in a small cloth bag so it cant see, get out the clever and chop! theres good eating on a squirrel
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    and your produce will be bountifull

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    But be careful the teeth and claws are very sharp.

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    Will a vet put them down for free??
    I know they are supposed to treat wildlife for free, but what about putting them down????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicos View Post
    Will a vet put them down for free??
    I know they are supposed to treat wildlife for free, but what about putting them down????
    No. I'm sure they will charge you. They run a business.

    I know a wildlife hospital that accidently lets them go in thick woodland.

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    A neighbour of mine 'put down' ( somewhere) over 30 in a 3 yr period.
    We still have them in the garden pinching the bird food!
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    Anyone who thinks squirrels are good eating clearly hasn't tried one.

    In what way do you feel the need to control them by killing them? Have you thought about the important role they play by planting trees?

    CLUE: there is a reason why trees grow nuts.

    We are now at a stage where we realise that the old 'vermin' classifications are seriously out of date. For example, we used to think wasps were just a pest, now we know they play a central role in keeping down aphid numbers.

    Can you tell us a little more about your squirrel problem?
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