Alaska Wildlife Rescue provides squirrel rescue throughout Alaska. The two main species that are rescued are the Northern Flying and the Red squirrel:
Within Alaska, there are three species of squirrel; the Northern Flying, the Red, and the Arctic Ground. The two most common are the Northern Flying and the Red squirrel. Each of these Alaskan squirrels feed off of seeds, nuts, and insects and breed once per year. Although they both thrive in forested areas, the Red squirrel is highly territorial and will build nests in tree trunks or densely packed tree foliage. Unfortunately, due to an abundance of predators, loggers, and the diminishing amount of spruce trees, due to insect infestation, their need for rescue is critical for their species’ survival.
More information about Alaskan Squirrels can be found at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=northernflyingsquirrel.main
On occasion, baby squirrels will fall out of their nests, due to numerous instances. If you happen upon one, first and foremost, check for any injuries. If you do not see any obvious sign that the baby is hurt, try to locate the nest and relocate it with its mother. If you see no indication that the nest or mother is around, you can create a home-made nest in order to keep the baby warm, either using a box or other large container. For any additional assistance or questions, please contact Alaska Wildlife Rescue for further assistance.
- Is the baby near a nest or a building?
- Any pets nearby?
- Is mother nearby?
By Phone: 907-290-3123
If you come across and injured squirrel, before anything else, search for any obvious harm and areas of concern. If you choose to pick up the animal, handle it with care; squirrels are not naturally aggressive, but can bite or claw if they are feeling threatened. Until further help can arrive, gently place the injured squirrel into a box or other large container to keep it safe and warm. For any further assistance, questions or concerns, please contact Alaska Wildlife Rescue.
- Is the squirrel near a road?
- Any pets nearby?
- Any obvious injuries or blood?
- Is it an adult or baby?
It is important to get rid of squirrels as soon as possible in order to avoid additional internal property damage including chewed wires and insulation damage. Squirrels can also damage attic insulation increasing your heating costs. Squirrels also urinate and defecate in the insulation causing severe odors and potential health effects to your family. An even more threatening situation is the gnawing on wires by squirrels in your attic. Squirrels are to blame for about 30,000 house fires each year! If squirrels are not removed, you are putting your family at risk. Varmint Gone Anchorage (https://anchorage.varmintgone.com) specializes in squirrel removal throughout Anchorage, MatSu Valley, and Kenai regions.