R&D Project:

3D Wildlife Fencing Project


Status: Completed

Project Timeline: April 2009 – March 2012


  1. To develop a more economically feasible and flexible fencing to deter ungulates from entering producers’ critical areas..
  2. To demonstrate and explore effective options by monitoring affects on animal behaviour.
  3. To contact producers and agriculture consultants from other areas to review what has already been tried.

Details & Descriptions:

  1. What is a 3D fence? 3D fences are used to defer wildlife, mainly elk, deer and moose. They are composed of a 2 fence setup that compels wildlife to stop and look before jumping. since the fence is composed of height, depth and width (hence 3D), wildlife tend to be more careful and will approach with caution.
  2. How does it work? The eyes of deer, moose and elk are placed on the side of their head, giving them poor depth perception. The key is to have your fence electrified so when they check it out with their sensitive noses, they receive a powerful shock that leaves them looking for another trail, feeding place or bed.

See 3D Fencing Project Phase 2 for additional information.


  • Project timeline: April 2009 – March 2012
  • 1 demo set up & monitored winter 2009/2010.
  • 4 demos set up & monitored winter 2010/2011.
  • 4 demos set up & monitored winter 2011/2012.
  • 9 forage facts generated (see Factsheets & Resources).
  • Presentations throughout the Alberta and BC Peace Region.
  • Numerous articles in the Forage First newsletter.

Project Cooperators

  • Burton Kabzems
    Lebell Road, Farmington, BC
  • Rick Kantz
    Montney, BC
  • Glenn Hogberg
    Progress, BC
  • Bill Wilson
    Silver Valley, AB
  • Fred & Liz Schneider
    Pouce Coupe, BC
  • Michael Nimitz
    Sunrise Valley, BC
  • Pat O'Reilly
    Dawson Creek, BC

Project Contacts

  • Sandra Burton
  • Bill Wilson
  • Rick Kantz

For more information on older projects, please contact our coordinator.

Funding & Industry Partners