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?

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
 

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 11:59 AM MST