Student chapter helps make fences wildlife-safe

©Neal Herbert

In rural areas, fencing can cause a number of problems for wildlife such as deer and pronghorns. In the process of trying to access feeding areas, calving areas or migration routes, the animals can get caught in the barbed wire, which can kill them. The University of Wyoming’s student chapter of The Wildlife Society recently collaborated with the Wyoming Wildlife Federation, Wyoming Conservation Corp, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other conservation groups to help remove or modify about 600 to 700 feet of fencing. Their goal was to make fences wildlife-friendly while also allowing ranching communities to maintain their livestock. Read more at the Laramie Boomerang.