Bryan Peterson

Electric fencing shockingly effective deterring bears

Black bears can cause property damage – including the loss of chickens, beehives, small livestock and valued fruit trees – which can be both financially and emotionally draining. Electric fencing has proved to be the most effective tool in keeping bears from almost anything.

“Electric fences have been the greatest...

Bryan Peterson is director of Bear Smart Durango, formed in 2003 to educate residents about safely and respectfully coexisting with bears and to advocate for policy changes. For more information, visit or e-mail him at

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