A fence is a well-known equipment. In order to protect livestock from wolf attacks you need to ensure that predators would not get in neither over the top nor under the bottom of the fence. A wolf can pass or dig under the bottom of the fence, it also can jump over the top especially if it can hitch on the fence. Unlike the electric enclosure or net there is no additional deterring element so the protection is harder. In order to prevent wolf from digging under, a gap between the fence and the ground has to be minimal (ideally, no gap). If you want even better protection, you should dig the fence up to a half a meter into the ground. Or you may install additional metallic net in front of the fence which protects from digging under. In order to stop wolf from jumping over the fence, it must be high – about 2 meters or so. You can also combine several elements, e.g. boards at the bottom and several electric wires on the top.
Most suitable for small farms with a constant location of livestock.
The effectiveness of the fence depends on the fence itself. If installed correctly the effectiveness might be the same as that of the electric enclosure, but that would be quite complex and expensive building. Common fences or nets do not offer reliable protection from wolves but it is still better than nothing.
The prices for fences differ a lot. A solid fence suitable to stop wolves can cost much – even similar to the electric enclosure. While a cheap fence will not protect from predators at all.
Maintenance is minimal: from time to time you need to check for weak spots. If found, fix them immediately.
Installation requirements and recommendations:
- About 2 m high;
- Better without a gap under the fence;
- Dig half a meter into the ground or place wide metallic net in front so that wolf could not dig under.