How to fence out bears in Vermont | Black bear

How to fence out bears

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Electronet barrier fencing can protect beehives from bears and skunks.

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Fencing has been effective in excluding bears from food sources, but it can be expensive. Electric fences are best because bears are good climbers.  An electric poly tape fence is an economical alternative if you are trying to protect an individual tree or small area and do not want a permanent fixture.  A woven wire fence is a bigger investment, but a more permanent structure.  You can energize the fence using a 110-volt outlet or a 12-volt deep cell (marine) battery connected to a high-output fence charger.  The fence must deliver a sufficient shock to be effective.  Bears can often be enticed to lick or sniff the wire and get shocked by attaching attractants (e.g., peanut butter, aluminum foil strips, etc.) to the fencing.  Fence voltage should be a minimum of 3,000 volts.  Recharge batteries during the day so the fence is energized at night when bears are most active.  Place signage to warn people about the electric fence.

Laws and regulations to be aware of

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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