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1 July 2007 Electric Fencing as a Measure to Reduce Moose–Vehicle Collisions
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We tested the effectiveness of electric fences to reduce moose (Alces alces)–vehicle collisions in 2 fenced sectors (5 km and 10 km) using weekly track surveys and Global Positioning System telemetry. Number of moose tracks along highways decreased by approximately 80% following fence installation. Only 30% (16/53) of moose tracks observed on the road side of the fence were left by moose that crossed an operational fence; moose mostly entered the fenced corridor through openings (e.g., secondary roads) or at fence extremities. Electric fences also prevented 78% (7/9) of collared moose from crossing the highway in fenced sectors. Fences were less effective during occasional power failures. We suggest that circuit breakers should be used to prevent power failures and that there should be no opening along the fence line unless anti-ungulate structures are used.

MATHIEU LEBLOND, CHRISTIAN DUSSAULT, JEAN-PIERRE OUELLET, MARIUS POULIN, RÉHAUME COURTOIS, and JACQUES FORTIN "Electric Fencing as a Measure to Reduce Moose–Vehicle Collisions," Journal of Wildlife Management 71(5), 1695-1703, (1 July 2007). https://doi.org/10.2193/2006-375
Published: 1 July 2007
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