Electric fencing is a safe and effective way to protect your livestock, fruit trees and apiaries from wildlife. The money spent on an electric fence will not only protect your investment, it will also give you peace of mind. In addition, you will help prevent the needless destruction of wildlife such as bears.
Before installing a fence remember to "Call Before You Dig" at 1-800-474-6886. Also make sure to check your local government regarding any bylaws. WildSafeBC has developed minimum standards for safely building electric fences that will exclude bears. Click on the links below for these guidelines and a checklist for installing your own electric fence.
In addition, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee has provided a detailed document with information and diagrams to help further inform your design installation and help provide some troubleshooting information.
Once you have built your fence, the most important aspect is maintenance. Prevent vegetation and other items from "grounding out" your system making it ineffective. Be prepared to check your fence on a regular basis which usually involves a simple visual inspection and testing the voltage at the furthest point from the energizer.
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