Tools and Technology Note Response of Deer to Containment by a Poly-Mesh Fence for Mitigating Disease Outbreaks

Abstract

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 L 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.

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@inproceedings{Lavelle2010ToolsAT, title={Tools and Technology Note Response of Deer to Containment by a Poly-Mesh Fence for Mitigating Disease Outbreaks}, author={Michael J. Lavelle and Justin W. Fischer}, year={2010} }