Relocation Is Not HumaneThe animals around your home are in tune with their environments. You cannot just replace one habitat with another. Squirrels grow up to learn the specific area where they're born. They know where to find food and water. They figure out which places are safe for sleeping and which areas are more dangerous and should be avoided. Moving them to a foreign location where they don't know how to survive can severely stress them out and put them in mortal peril. A new location is probably an unfriendly place for the disoriented pests. The squirrels already in the area are not likely to respond in a neighbourly fashion to the newcomers, befriending them and showing them where to find the best nuts, shelter and water. Animals are territorial, so established residents in the new habitat are more likely to react to the introduction of other squirrels with hostility rather than welcome. Relocation disrupts the social order not only for the new squirrels but also for the ones that already live there. It is especially traumatic for squirrels to be relocated during the mating season. Babies are typically born at either the beginning or end of the summer, which means that moving adult squirrels during their most active times of the year often results in the breakup of the family and the inevitable death of the baby squirrels. Even if the family is moved together, the experience is sometimes so stressful for the mother that she ends up abandoning her babies in the new environment.