Northern Red Squirrels
Threats from Pets
loves their pets for the companionship and enjoyment that
they give. However, they can have a significant impact on
red squirrel populations in urban and suburban areas.
Here are a few guidelines on how to keep squirrels (and
other wildlife) safe whilst still enjoying your pets.
It is a sad fact that some domestic cats do catch and kill red squirrels, particularly in March/April & July/August when the squirrels are breeding. Hence, if you own a cat and have red squirrels in your area, please help to keep them safe by:
A walk in the woods is
great fun for dogs and owners alike. It keeps them fit
and provides all the pleasures of the outdoors. However
it is important to remember that you are sharing the area
with the animals that live there all of the time. Please
don't allow your dog to chase squirrels even though it
may seem harmless. Squirrels spend a great deal of time
and effort foraging for food. Being chased wastes energy
that has to be made up, which is especially hard to do in
the winter months. It also causes stress, which may have
a bad effect on their ability to breed.