Some 10 years ago we did some fencing to exclude cattle from Wild Mountains. Most of our 76 ha Land for Wildlife / Nature Refuge property in the Border Ranges is unfenced and due to the steepness of the terrain and other natural deterrents we hardly ever get cattle up the mountain. But on the odd occasion when they are short of feed they do wander up, perhaps once every 5 years. However the main “threat from entry” did require some 200 metres of difficult fencing.

Qld Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) helped erect the fence with support from our International Student Volunteers and a Green Corps team. It all got done and has so far stood the test of time. At the time we went with plain wire for the top strand, which according to Chris Evenson from QPWS, would minimise injury to wildlife.

Barbed Sugar Glider

And sure enough, earlier this year and all these years later, what should I see half way down the mountain and impaled on the top barbed wire strand on a neighbours fence? … One dead glider.

This unfortunate entanglement occurred next to a steep dirt road, just below a ridgeline. Most wildlife entanglements in barbed wire fences occur near ridgelines or around dams or other watering points. If you can put plain wire on the top strand near these places, you minimise the risk of wildlife entanglements.

Richard Zoomers
Wild Mountains
Land for Wildlife member
Rathdowney, Scenic Rim

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