Have you seen fences or gates like this around town? It turns out they've become a serious danger for wildlife (especially Deer) getting hung up and even impaled by the top of the fence trying to jump over it. At 5 and 6 on @KOAA we hear from an eyewitness and wildlife experts. pic.twitter.com/H64VC60FQg
— Patrick Nelson (@PatrickNelsonTV) November 28, 2018
COLORADO SPRINGS – After a viewer submitted a photo to News 5 showing a buck impaled by a fence in westside Colorado Springs neighborhood, we’re asking what homeowners can do to keep wildlife safe.
The photo, which was graphic in nature, showed a white sheet covering a deer that was caught in the fence. The fence featured pointed tops, which caught the deer while it was attempting to jump over it.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, (CPW) wildlife-friendly fences should be highly visible to wild animals, they should have enough room for animals to jump over or crawl under and they should provide easy access to wildlife corridors.
Other tips from CPW call for limiting fencing in areas where it is unnecessary. Alternatives include using signs, spacing fence posts without rails or wires between or building bollards to mark property boundaries.
If you’re considering building a fence on your property, Parks and Wildlife encourages you to check its guide before designing a fence.