Why isn't their any squirrel hunting in idaho? And also if I hit an animal on the road or see a sick or injured one while hunting can I put the animal down myself and contact Fish and Wildlife?

Question:

I know that red squirrels are protected I was wondering why? I've noticed many other states allow hunting of them. I am not aware of threats to them other than invasive squirrel species. As to the putting down of injured or sick animals I have put down animals before in my home state of Missouri mainly raccoons that showed symptoms of rabies.

Answer:

Certain species of ground squirrels can be hunted in Idaho.  The most commonly hunted varmints in Idaho are the Columbian Ground Squirrel and the Yellow-bellied Marmot "Rockchuck".  There is a page in our Upland Game Rules that talks about squirrels and contains a link to a field guide.

Do not put any animal down without notifying appropriate authorities first. 

Here is a list of those which cannot be hunted at this time.

Chipmunks -- Neotamias spp

Columbia Plateau (Merriam's) ground squirrel -- Spermophilus canus vigilis

Golden-mantled ground squirrel -- Spermophilus lateralis

Great Basin (piute) ground squirrel -- Spermophilus mollis artemesiae

Northern flying squirrel -- Glaucomys sabrinus

Red squirrel -- Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Rock squirrel -- Spermophilus variegatus

Southern Idaho ground squirrel -- Spermophilus brunneus endemicus

Wyoming ground squirrel -- Spermophilus elegans nevadensis