Wild dog fences
A properly maintained fence can reduce livestock predation and restrict movement back into an area where wild dogs have been controlled. Exclusion fencing also creates a line in the landscape where you can apply other control methods to limit wild dog activity. Using foot-hold traps and poison (1080 and strychnine) along fence lines adds an extra line of defence.
Types of exclusion fences
Two types of fences are used to exclude wild dogs:
- electric fences
- netting fences.
Electrifying a fence creates a fear of the fence itself and deters wild dogs from approaching - therefore limiting impacts on livestock.
Netting fences are used in place of conventional livestock fences to stop wild dogs entering pastures. The integrity of the fence is vital. Checking the fence regularly will ensure any breaches or holes can be fixed quickly.
You must keep fences well maintained and use other control measures to remove any intruding wild dogs.
Fencing suitable to exclude wild dogs can be expensive to build and requires continual maintenance to repair damage caused by fallen timber, floods and animals.