Installing a carnivore-proof fence in Ockelbo

During the weekend I have been in Ockelbo helping an animal owner put up a carnivore-proof fence. Five electrical wires with the bottom one at 20 centimeters should keep wolf and probably also lynx and bear out.

It is the Swedish Society for Carnivore Conservation which has taken the initiative to help animal owners, mostly sheep farmers, to install carnivore-proof fences. More than 100 fences have been installed all over the country since the project began. The initiative is a win-win situation for both animal owners and large carnivores.

In the picture to the right, Jon from Natur- och faunavårdslinjen mounts insulators on the fence.

In the picture below, the wires are coming up. The fence will need to be cleared of grass one or twice per season to keep a stable current through the wires.

Carnivore-proof enclosures

On May 8 and 9 I participated in a course at Grimsö Wildlife Research Station learning how to build carnivore-proof enclosures for sheep and other domestic animals.

The course was very productive and we put up two different types of fences that are very effective to keep wolves out and also work pretty well for lynx and bear.

In the picture, Helena Jones is tying the knots to the electric fence, instructed by Inga Ängsteg from Viltskadecenter.