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 other resources.
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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Cost-share programs are an effective way to assist people in preventing conflict with bears as a result of attractants that cannot be dealt with other ways. These funds are limited and available in select communities on a first-come first-served basis.
A typical cost-share program will provide re-imbursement of electric fencing materials that have been pre-approved by a local WildSafeBC coordinator and up to a maximum amount. If you are in need of financial help in purchasing electrical materials for bear-exclusion, please contact the following WildSafeBC Community Program coordinators:
- Pacific Rim (Tofino, Ucluelet and surrounding region) - contact Bob Hansen 250-266-0311 or email@example.com
- Alberni Valley - contact Duncan Booth 250-866-9907 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bamfield - contact Mandy Ross 250-720-1808 or email@example.com
- Hitacu and Macoah - contact Marianne Paquette 514-622-7317 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in Malakwa, the Omineca Region, or the Columbia Basin, you can contact Gillian Sanders from Grizzly Bear Solutions at email@example.com
In 2020, the WildSafeBC Bella Coola Program was able to providecost-share support for 8 new electric fence installations in the valley. The Bella Coola Valley is somewhat isolated and the community relies on local food production to supplement transported food. Electric fencing assists residents in reducing conflicts with grizzly and black bears that travel frequently through the area. This helps make the valley safer for both people and bears.
"A big thanks to WildSafeBC Bella Coola. The electric fence cost-sharing program allowed us to upgrade our mellow yellow fence into a more robust 7-wire setup to secure our berries, veggies & fruit trees. We're helping our local wildlife stay safe too by preventing them from accessing attractants that can lead to food conditioning. We are keeping our bears wild by keeping them out of our garden." - Taz Dsahko and Josh Wulfekotte, Hagensborg