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1 August 2010 Assessment of Abilities of White-Tailed Deer to Jump Fences
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There is a need for insight into fence heights required for impeding white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). We evaluated the ability of wild-caught deer to jump progressively taller fences and documented deterrence rates of 0% for fences ≤1.5 m followed by increasing deterrence rates of 14% at 1.8 m, 85% at 2.1 m, and 100% at 2.4 m. We documented 100% deterrence rates during 5 additional experiments with different deer and the test fence at 2.4 m, a common height of fences at captive deer facilities. Our results will be valuable to those managing spread of wildlife diseases, deer–vehicle collisions, and agricultural damage.

Kurt C. Vercauteren, Timothy R. Vandeelen, Michael J. Lavelle, and Wayne H. Hall "Assessment of Abilities of White-Tailed Deer to Jump Fences," Journal of Wildlife Management 74(6), 1378-1381, (1 August 2010). https://doi.org/10.2193/2008-463
Published: 1 August 2010
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