Let me make something absolutely clear. First of all, the reason I posted here ASKING is because obviously I'm trying to be responsible. Just because an animal is native to an area does not mean that it cannot be kept as a pet. Obviously I don't have a squirrel, and after much research, I convinced my friend that it wouldn't be a suitable pet. There are many species native in NY that are kept ask pets. Let me name a few: Red Eared Sliders, Leopard Frogs, Red Efts, Salamanders, etc. Never once did I say ANYTHING about going out and capturing an animal. Secondly, I have personally worked for an animal preserve that rescues and rehabilitates wild animals such as birds of prey, venomous snakes, non-venomous snakes, raccoons, porcupines, rabbits, squirrels, turtles, tortoises, and more. I have personally been responsible for the care of many of these animals, including feeding Copperheads, Owls, Falcons and more. I know all about wild animals and that they are WILD.
Let me tell you something else. If you were to release your dog into the wild, let me GUARANTEE you that HE WOULD SURVIVE. They are animals, and they have instincts. They know the scent of food, and while they are domesticated, they have the will to live, and that will is strong. Same thing with rats, cats, and many other animals that can live in the available climate. While I would never recommend letting a pet go into the wild, if that were to happen, they would find a way to live and survive, and they would revert to their natural state.
Lastly, I would like to say that I am a responsible pet owner, and I don't condone catching wild animals.