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Keeping Elk and Moose Out

The Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) was asked to evaluate various fence materials and designs to keep elk and moose from entering plantations, riparian areas, and aspen regeneration areas. The goal was to design a reasonably priced fence that was durable and easy to install or remove. Three different types of temporary fence were installed on a steep slope near the Continental Divide in the fall of 2002. This location was chosen because large amounts of snow and high winds make it a worst-case testing ground for weather conditions. The fences installed consisted of two battery-powered electric fences with solar charging systems, and one plastic mesh fence.

[photo] A solar-powered electric fence.

The report, Fencing Out Wildlife: Plastic Mesh Fences and Electric Fences Monitored by Satellite Telemetry (0424–2838–MTDC), provides information on the materials, costs, and construction of the fences tested. Results of the tests are provided, along with an explanation of how the electric fences are monitored remotely using a satellite transmitter.

For more information on wildlife fences, contact Gary Kees, project leader (phone: 406–829–6753; e-mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service and U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management employees can view this report on the Forest Service's internal computer network at:

Others can view the report over the Internet (Username: t-d, Password: t-d) at:

To order the report, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC publications (phone: 406–329–3978; e-mail:

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