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Wildlife-friendly fencing at Tabby Mtn

The fence is ideal for wildlife crossing, and requires little maintenance

HANNA — Utah DWR personnel recently teamed up with several oil and gas companies to install pipe fencing along portions of the Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

A view of the new wildlife-friendly fence along Tabby Mountain Wildlife Management Area.

Fences like these allow deer and elk to jump over without catching their legs on the wires.

Photo by Ron Stewart

The fence is designed to help regulate livestock and human use while allowing safe crossing by wildlife.

"Wildlife fences need to be sturdy. They also need to allow deer and elk to jump over without catching their legs on the wires, and allow fawns, calves and other small wildlife to safely crawl underneath," said Ben Williams, DWR project manager.

A pipe fence meets all of those needs. The top bar is easily seen and smooth, so it doesn't snag animals' legs if they misjudge a jump.

Berry Petroleum, E&P, QEP and Newfield donated excess drill pipe, which cut down the cost of installation. Williams said pipe fences often cost more than others to install, but pay for themselves in the long run. While other fences in the region need repair often, pipe fences require little maintenance.

Because of this partnership, the wildlife management area now has a sturdy, almost maintenance-free fence at a price only slightly more than other types of fences.

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