2019 Fence Project Dates
The following Saturdays are scheduled for public fence volunteer projects in the Jackson area for summer 2019 (dates are subject to change):
May 18, June 1, June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 14, Sep 28
Pinedale Fence Modification
Species of Concern: Greater-Sage Grouse, Pronghorn, Mule Deer
Where: Bureau of Land Management land near Pinedale, Wyoming
Miles of Fence: 4+
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is currently partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to modify fence on BLM land which has been identified as presenting a major barrier to pronghorn. Because this fence is actively used to contain stock, the fence will be modified, not removed. Modifications include installing drop-wires, raising bottom wires to a “wildlife friendlier” height of 16″, installing smooth wire in lieu of barbed wired, and creating gates in fence line which allow for pronghorn passage in high use areas.
A second phase of the project includes modification of certain fence lines that have been identified as especially lethal to Greater-Sage Grouse. Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is assisting Teton Raptor Center in testing several different treatments to existing fence, with a goal of identifying a preferred treatment that will make fence more visible to flying birds, and as a result drastically reduce fence strikes and mortalities. Select fences and treatment zones will be regularly monitored during the winters of 2018 and 2019 to identify a preferred treatment.
Rafter-J Fence Fence Removal
Species of Concern: Elk, Mule Deer, Moose
Where: Rafter-J along Highway 191
Miles of Fence: .25
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation partnered with Teton Science Schools and Road Scholar to remove .25 miles of obsolete barbed wire fence along Highway 191 south of Jackson near the Rafter-J housing development. Elk and mule deer are known to cross the highway at this location, and removing the fence will prevent animals from crossing the highway only to “feel trapped” by the fence, and potentially move back onto the road.
C-V Fence Removal
Species of Concern: Moose, Elk, Mule Deer
Where: C-V Ranch on Moose-Wilson Rd.
Miles of Fence: .5
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation partnered with Teton Science School’s “Young Women in Science” program to remove dilapidated barbed wire fence on the C-V Ranch property along the side of Moose Wilson Rd. Fence has now been removed on both sides of the road, allowing for easy passage for wildlife and minimizing the change and animal will be “trapped” on this roadway, which has historically seen a high volume of wildlife-vehicle collisions.
Fish Creek Road Fence Modification
Species of Concern: Mule Deer, Moose, Elk
Where: North Fish Creek Road
Miles of Fence: .25
Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation partnered with Snake River Ranch and a local landowner to modify .25 miles of barbed wire fence by raising the bottom wire to 16″ and installing a “drop wire” system, so that all the wires on the fence can be dropping in fall and winter when Snake River Ranch is not using the area for cattle grazing. As shown in the video, only minutes after we dropped the wires we watched three mule deer cross the fence line. Moose are also reported to be common in the area.