Idaho Tree squirrel hunting

Question:

Is it legal to hunt tree squirrles in Valley County, Idaho? If so, what license is required and what methods of take are allowed? Are any tree squirrels protected? I have seen many tree squirrles that have a gray body with a black tail and I want to know if it is legal to hunt/shoot these on private property?

Answer:

The tree squirrel you describe appears to be a red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus).  This squirrel is classified as a Protected Nongame Species. It is not legal to shoot/hunt this squirrel in Valley County or for that matter, anywhere in Idaho.