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Building Fence with Wildlife in Mind

2009 - Ongoing

Hundreds of elk and deer throughout North America get caught in fencing each year.  The mission of the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Project at the ASCCA is to educate people locally about building fencing with wildlife in mind. There are ways to build fence that allow wildlife to cross safely over and under wires. Landowners can also install alternatives to fencing where property boundaries are needed, without a physical barrier.

The Facts

  • less time and money is spent repairing fences when wildlife can get through
  • 1 ungulate (elk, deer, moose…) gets tangled per 4km of fence on average per year
  • 90% of deaths were fawns curled up near fences – likely because they could not follow their mothers across the fence
  • most animals died when a leg got caught between the two top wires while trying to jump over
  • woven wire fences topped with barbed wire were the most deadly (Harrington)

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Paige, C. 2008. A Landowner’s Guide to Wildlife Friendly Fences. Landowner/Wildlife Resource Program, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena, MT. 44pp.

area wildlife + plants

Acmon Blue
Plebejus acmon

Habitat:  These butterflies love to lounge by mud puddles

Description:  The Acmon Blue is very similar in appearance to the Melissa Blue.  Both species have dull undersides with an orange band and bright blue inner wings.  However the Acmon blue is typically smaller in size and also has orange band across the inside of its hind wing.

Size:  20-25mm

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