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Best Fence Type For Bear Deterrence

Posted by Jennifer Smith on 20th Nov 2018

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. 

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