Electric fencing reduces coyote predation on pastured sheep in North Dakota, Kansas
Author
Linhart, S. B.
Roberts, J. D.
Dasch, G. J.
Publisher
Society for Range Management
Publication Year
1982-05-01
Body

Field tests to evaluate electric fencing for protecting pastured sheep from coyote predation were conducted in North Dakota and Kansas in 1977 and 1978. In 1979, 37 western sheep producers using electric fences to exclude coyotes were interviewed and relevant data were recorded and analyzed. An all-electric 12-wire, 168-cm-high fence with alternately charged and grounded wires spaced 13 and 15 cm apart stopped ongoing coyote predation on the two North Dakota test sites. Four or five strands of electrified wire, offset 13 cm from existing woven and barbed wire sheep fences, effectively prevented further coyote predation at two Kansas sites. Sheep producers interviewed expressed a high to moderate degree of satisfaction with the use of electric fencing as a coyote management technique. However, sheep management practices on two-thirds of the ranches remained unchanged after electric fence installation and nearly all producers continued to use other control methods. Sixty percent of the producers stated that they experienced some type of maintenance problems but many of these problems may have been due to poor construction techniques or a failure to check their fences periodically. Cost-benefit factors associated with the use of electric fencing, study limitations, and further research needs are discussed. This material was digitized as part of a cooperative project between the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. The Journal of Range Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information. Migrated from OJS platform August 2020

Language
en
Resource Type
Text
Document Type
Journal Issue/Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
10.2307/3898301
Additional Information
Linhart, S. B., Roberts, J. D., & Dasch, G. J. (1982). Electric fencing reduces coyote predation on pastured sheep. Journal of range Management, 35(3), 276-281.
IISN
0022-409X
OAI Identifier
oai:repository.arizona.edu:10150/646183
Journal Volume
35
Journal Number
3
Journal Pages
276-281
Journal Name
Journal of Range Management
Keywords
Kansas
North Dakota