Keep wildlife safe in your backyard.
Fencing can be very damaging and even lethal to wildlife. Not only do animals get caught and trapped in fencing, but large fencing installations may disrupt wildlife paths and historical migration routes.
Fencing can create a complete barrier to ungulates, with fawns and calves unable to cross, they become stranded and separated from the herd and may die from predators or starvation. Birds can also collide, break wings, and become impaled by barbs.
Once the pile is ignited, there is little time for animals to escape. It’s like your house suddenly going up in flames, with you trapped inside. Yikes!
Please consider the animals that may be in your pile and scare them out before you light it up. If possible, move parts of the pile, create lots of noise or other activity to frighten animals out of doomed hiding places.
BARBED WIRE FENCE REMOVAL
Barbed wire is extremely hazardous to wildlife and domestic animals. Every year numerous calls are received regarding owls, falcons, hawks, songbirds and mammals that have become entangled in barbed wire fencing. Many struggle there until they die.
Kellie Landers, Wild Wings Raptor Rehabilitation
541‐213‐4411 or 541‐549‐9192
Deschutes County Juvenile Community Justice
The barbed wire is taken down and removed for recycling in a timely manner. The posts are left in place to mark property boundaries.