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Restoring A Garden

Deer Exclusion Fence


SO HOW DOES ONE CONTROL DEER? Here they have utilized a deer exclusion fence. Somerset County Park Commission invested in an electrified fence that surrounds 29 acres of gardens. This fence has 6 to 8 strands of electricity and reaches about 8 feet tall. There is an older fence inside, that fence is made out of wire, like a turkey wire. The distance between the 2 fences is about 2 to 3 feet. Deer have a difficult time with depth perception, they don't know how far to jump. Thus, because they have 2 fences, the deer tend to stay out of the garden. The combination of the taller electric fence with the shorter wire fence and the distance between them both makes the fencing effective. Deer have an issue with depth perception.

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