Reasons Why Squirrels May AttackTypically, squirrels are docile animals and not prone to attack people. Many find comfort in watching the antics of these small animals and do not wish them any harm. Unfortunately, wild animals do not understand a person’s intentions and will react more with instinct and perception. While you may not think of yourself as a threat, a squirrel may perceive that danger is imminent, leading to an altercation. Thankfully, these current attacks are rare, but when they happen, it is for one of three reasons:
Ways to Protect YourselfThere are two ways to protect yourself and limit your risks of a squirrel causing harm:
- Do not feed the animal. Feeding is the most significant reason for attacks because, after repeated instances, it eliminates the squirrel’s fear of humans. Without a natural fear of people, squirrels feel confident enough to intimidate and attack.
- Keep your distance. Keeping your distance is another way to protect yourself from wild animals seeing you as a threat. If you see a squirrel or baby squirrels, don’t approach them. Try your best to stay at least 20 feet away, or a reasonable distance when walking on trails or sidewalks.