Originally Posted by johnwilliamson062
I have not witnessed firsthand, but heard a story or two of a squirrel hunter picking up what they thought was a dead squirrel and finding themselves being bit by a "tree rat."
I give mine a few good pokes with the barrel before retrieving.
Animals always die with their eyes open.
If its eyes are closed then it's unconscious.
A squirrel startled me that way after falling from a tree top, so now I remember to check.