Installing Electric Fence Around Attractants
Electric fence has proven to be an effective method for keeping bears separated from attractants like garbage, beehives, and livestock. A good shock is the best way to teach bears to keep away. To-date, dozens of electric fences have been constructed on ranches around calving areas, around homesites, and garbage transfer sites throughout the Blackfoot watershed to prevent bears from accessing attractants.
With wolves in particular, turbo-fladry electric fence is used. The interspersed flags waving in the wind causes a “psychological avoidance response” in wolves and they prefer to steer clear. Some Blackfoot ranches utilize fladry during the calving season when young calves are most vulnerable.
The Blackfoot Challenge is working with several ranchers to test out drive-over electric mats that reduce the need to constantly open and close gates. The mats are used at ranches and homesites that already have a minimum of a 5-wire electric fence system in place.
The Blackfoot Challenge offers funding to help with a part of the cost of installing electric fences around bear attractants in the Blackfoot watershed, including homesites, livestock holding pens, bee yards, fruit orchards, and gardens. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about this program.