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Best Fence Type For Bear Deterrence

Posted by Jennifer Smith on

The average male Grizzly Bear weighs about 600 pounds (not to make them feel badly); and while they are focused on stocking up on food before winter hibernation, growers are determined to keep them away from their beehives, crops and flowerbeds. 

There are many types of fence on the market; but some are simply not strong enough, nor effective, for bear management on lawns and gardens. There are two approaches to bear deterrence: electric netting and livestock fencing. 

Electric fence can be used as a primary or secondary barrier to prevent bear damage on landscapes. The electrified netting will give bears a gentle shock that will (hopefully) tell them to back off from proceeding on landscapes. Electric fence does not cause long-term damage.

The other option is to use livestock fencing, also known as Fixed Knot Fence. This woven wire fence is used by livestock owners of cattle and other large scale animals. The solid lock fence comes in different graduating heights and a life expectancy of up to 40 years in the field. 

The two types of yard fencing combined create a strong fence for bear management. 

Bear Movement In Spring

Spring and summer are the two seasons where we see an increase in bear activity. Bears go out in the early morning and late evening hours in search of food; and where do they go? Homeowner's gardens.Black and Grizzly Bears seek the following spring foods: flowers, berries, bee hives, and green vegetation. While they'll eat [...]

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Using Electric Fence On Deer

I tried being gentle, calm, nice; but the deer just weren't getting the hint to leave my garden alone.I planned my landscape accordingly and applied deer repellents to my landscape. That wasn't enough. I planted thorny rose bushes and other deer-resistant plants as a protective deer barrier; but again, I failed to keep the deer [...]

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