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1 September 2010 Response of Deer to Containment by a Poly-Mesh Fence for Mitigating Disease Outbreaks
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Rapidly deployable and effective methods are needed to contain free-ranging deer (Odocoileus spp.) during acute disease outbreaks. We evaluated efficacy of a 2.1-m-tall polypropylene mesh (poly-mesh) fence for containing ≥15 free-ranging white-tailed deer (O. virginianus) within a 42-ha area in eastern Nebraska, USA. We observed a 99% decrease in deer leaving the enclosure area after we installed fencing (1 deer jumped; 0.02 deer/hr) compared with prefence rates (5.26 deer/hr). However, 8 deer (53% of censused population) escaped the enclosure during a census drive after our study. Poly-mesh fencing may be effective in temporarily containing free-ranging deer during minimally disruptive deer removal actions such as trapping or sharpshooting.

Michael J. Lavelle, Justin W. Fischer, Scott E. Hygnstrom, Joshua J. White, Aaron M. Hildreth, Gregory E. Phillips, and Kurt C. Vercauteren "Response of Deer to Containment by a Poly-Mesh Fence for Mitigating Disease Outbreaks," Journal of Wildlife Management 74(7), 1620-1625, (1 September 2010). https://doi.org/10.2193/2009-268
Published: 1 September 2010
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