Fence Markers for Wildlife


Conservationists throughout Wyoming are working
to mitigate accidental wildlife mortality. One initiative that land owners and land managers
are implementing to lessen greater sage-grouse and fence collisions are to hang fence markers. Research suggests effective placement of fence
markers can reduce sage-grouse – fence collisions by 83%. It is recommended to place fence markers on
fences located within a quarter mile of a sage-grouse lek or breeding ground. The basic materials you will need to make
fence markers are: vinyl undersill trim strips, miter saw, tin snips, scissors, safety glasses,
dust mask, and gloves. In general, 3-inch markers will fit most barbed
wire fences. It is recommended the space between barbs
is measured prior to cutting. The Natural Resources Conservation Service
recommends placing markers only along the top wire, about every 3 feet. Fence posts can also act as markers. Fence markers can allow other wildlife such
as pronghorn, mule deer, and elk to safely navigate fences. For more information contact your local NRCS
office. From the University of Wyoming Extension,
I’m Windy Kelley, Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.

3 thoughts on “Fence Markers for Wildlife

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