Wild Aware Barbed Wire Projects
Join a Wild Aware Barbed Wire Removal Crew to help with public parks and open spaces and be a part of our new private property removal project
On average, one ungulate (hooved animals like our deer, elk, moose and antelope) is found tangled or dead in every 2.5 miles of fencing, 90% being fawns (Harrington and Conover, 2006).
Barbed Wire Everywhere!
There is estimated to be 620,000 miles of fencing crisscrossing the Western United States. Drive around Evergreen and you’ll see fences that are intact still serving a function but you will also see fencing that is no longer maintained, down, and without purpose. The presence of fencing, barbed and other types, can pose challenges and act as barriers for migrating wildlife. Animals can be injured or killed when they collide with or get tangled in the barbed wire and other types of fencing.
How is Wild Aware Helping?
Wild Aware is making an effort to physically remove existing fencing that is no longer in use. We are also trying to increase awareness of wildlife-friendly fencing options, share ways to modify existing fencing to reduce injury and fatalities, and encourage reflection on the need for fencing in today’s environment. The removal of abandoned and unnecessary barbed wire in our local area is a Wild Aware program that is rapidly gaining momentum. Starting in 2022, Wild Aware has partnered with Denver Mountain Parks for a series of barbed wire removal events open to the public. Volunteers removed over 800 linear feet of wire with 4 more public events scheduled for 2023 to continue this work at Dedisse Park. While “good fences make good neighbors,” we should strive to be good to our wildlife neighbors as well. Let’s do what we can to reduce the human impact on wildlife migration and movement.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Do you really need a fence? Consider the purpose of your fencing needs before installation.
If yes, then choose a wildlife friendly option. Ideal wildlife fencing:
● Is highly visible to ungulates and birds
● Allows wildlife to jump over and crawl under
● Provides wildlife access to important habitats and corridors
● Smooth wire or rounded rail for the top
● Height of top rail should be 42” or less (especially on steep slopes)
● At least 12” between top two wires
●At least 16” between bottom wire and ground
● Highly visible
Dangerous fences for wildlife:
● Are too high to jump over
●Are too low to crawl under
● Have loose wires
● Are difficult for animals to see
● Create a complete barrier