Fence Danger

Spiked and Other Fence Can Result in Deer Being Impaled and Is a Danger to People As Well, Other Types of Fence Can Also Be A HazardVideos and images below illustrate the problem
Impaled deer prompts call for fencing changes in Oak Bay March 8, 2019 British Columbia, Sooke News Mirror
...  was impaled all the way through,” says Krekorian. “The spike was coming out and I could see her hind legs — underneath, she was torn from the fall or the struggle, about six to eight inches... She was making these horrible noises ...

... “This deer was impaled quite deeply into its groin and the damage was fairly substantial,” Dennis Prodan, a district fish and wildlife officer, told CTV Edmonton. “It struggled a little bit in the fence too, so it increased the damage.”  To end the animal’s suffering, an officer with Alberta Fish and Wildlife shot the deer...
     
Edmonton, City puts moratorium on custom fences similar to one that impaled two deer January 10, 2019 Alberta, CBC.ca
... Revisions to current fencing regulations to "mitigate conflict with wildlife" will be included in a review of the city's design and construction standards, which is expected to be completed in this spring

  
Deputy Rescues Deer Stuck In Fence In Creek County May 5, 2018 Oklahoma, News On 6
...  first covered the deer’s head with a blanket, then stood on a ladder to help free its back legs. The deer fell to the ground and ran off...

A deer gets stuck in a fence. Who ya gonna call? These guys April 30, 2018 Idaho, Idaho Statesman
... Idaho Fish and Game receives hundreds of calls a year about deer, elk ... The most common culprits: loose wire, unkempt fences and wrought-iron fence spires ... 

November 22, 2017


... Martin wanted to free the animal by lifting it off the fence, but it was too heavy. He also thought about taking a portion of the fence apart, but the deer was kicking, so he couldn't get close enough...

Still alive, was able to get him loose. We called the game warden and when he showed up he seen the deer walking on three legs and by the time he got around to where the deer was seen, he was gone. So the deer survived.


Binghampton, Three deer die trying to jump over cemetery fence June 17, 
2016 New York, WBNG-TV
... ... this year he has found three deer trapped on the fence ...  a sharp metal fence ...

...  Dublin police officers were called to the club regarding a deer that had been impaled ...The deer could not be rehabilitated and the officers were forced to put it down.  Two days later, officers responded for a second time  ... Residents surrounding the golf club gathered at the Dublin City Council meeting Monday night to express their concerns...

     Impaled deer at Muirfield galvanize complaints over fence August 27, 2013 Ohio, Columbus Dispatch
At least twice this month, deer have died after trying to jump the 5-foot fence. One was impaled on the fence finials and left hanging. The other, found with broken legs ... “The thought of having a deer impaled on the fence ... is pretty appalling in Muirfield,” Mike Bickley told members of Dublin City Council last night...



... After two recent incidents where two deer were impaled while attempting to jump the fence, neighbors say they are worried a human being could be injured.  Officers from the Dublin Division of Police were called to the country club after residents found two dear hanging from the fence surrounding the course. The animals were still alive and officers were forced to shoot them ...


  Ohio police rescue deer lodged in between two fences  September 3, 2018 RTV6 Indianapolis
... they were able to move the fence and the deer fled the area ...


Amherst, Cemetery fence proves deadly for deer June 14, 2013 New York, WIVB
 Deer are impaling themselves on a mile-long wrought-iron fence at a cemetery in Amherst, and cemetery officials say they don't have the means to do anything about it... Dawn Sacks will never forget what she saw June 3 driving past the cemetery.  "There was a deer, still alive, impaled on three of these prongs, squirming, thrashing, trying to get himself off," ...

Deer euthanized in La Crescenta August 17, 2013 California, Glendale News Press
... the deer was found stuck on the fence  ...  the “medium-sized” deer suffered massive internal and external injuries... It couldn't move ...

Deer Killed by Spiked Fence near Mt. Diablo, California - June, 2012


  Ohio police rescue deer lodged in between two fences  September 3, 2018 RTV6 Indianapolis
... they were able to move the fence and the deer fled the area ...

Fences can kill deer; Hunter trying to raise awareness September 8, 2014 Illinois, Springfield News-Leader
... he was shocked last week to find a 10-point whitetail deer impaled lifelessly on a homeowner's tall spiked fence in east Springfield... According to MDC [Missouri] records, in 2013 there were 113 fence-related deaths and 5,219 vehicle related deaths in Missouri; in 2012, 132 fence, 5,578 vehicle; in 2011, 124 fence, 5,999 vehicle; in 2010, 135 fence, 5,707 vehicle; in 2009, 138 fence, 6,930 vehicle...

Spiked Fence is a Hazard to Deer and Other Animals


Help antelope to crawl May 7, 2013 Arizona, Arizona Daily Sun
 ... Antelope do not like to jump fences; they usually look for a place to crawl under... volunteers removed the bottom barbed wire and replaced it with smooth wire and raised it to 18 inches above the ground.   ... Mule deer jump fences and it helps if the top strand is no higher than 42 inches above the ground and the spacing of the second strand is 12 inches lower.... [example video below shows how deer get caught if the second strand spacing is off]

Deer Caught in Wire Fence - May, 2013


... On March 22, 2018 our middle son, Kade Damian died in a horrible, yet preventable accident.  His neck became caught between the bars protruding above the top rail of the neighbors wrought iron fence.  [Use the link above to read more and sign the petition to improve fence safety]


   Forest of Dean upset over trapped deer fencing deaths December 4, 2018 United Kingdom, BBC
... "I phoned them and thought they were bringing cutters, but no, they came and shot it... "Where deer frequently jump over the fence - we're putting in long bars of wood to stop the deer catching their legs in the netting or the wire at the top." ...

Deer impaled by fence in Colorado Springs November 28, 2018 Colorado, KOAA 5
... The photo, which was graphic in nature, showed a white sheet covering a deer that was caught in the fence. The fence featured pointed tops, which caught the deer while it was attempting to jump over it...

  Islanders struggle to free deer from South Avenue fence; Deer dies shortly after October 26, 2018 New York, Staten Island Advance
... the deer’s back legs were jammed between two metal bars no more than eight inches apart... When the Advance arrived at the scene at 4 p.m., the deer was found dead in the Bloomfield Conservancy...

... the dangers the cemetery’s historic fence poses to wildlife ... installed flexible sprinkler piping along the top of the fence in an effort to protect moose, deer, and other animals from its sharp points and narrow gaps...

  Sticky deer? No problem in Bethlehem Twp. July 7, 2018 Pennsylvania, 
The Express-Times
... Members of the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Co. and Nancy Run Fire Co. covered the deer with a blanket and used hydraulic tools to create an opening in the fence large enough for the deer to escape...

  Police officer rescues deer stuck in fence in Eugene August 30, 2018 Oregon, Oregonian
... A passer-by walking with her children in the afternoon reported seeing the small deer stuck toward the top of a picket fence ... The fawn apparently tried jumping over the barrier and landed between the boards...

The many ways deer can get into trouble April 13, 2018 Idaho Fish and Game
...items around our homes we don’t see as dangerous - fences, loose wire and bailing string - can harm deer and other wildlife ...

West Side Neighborhood Watch April 12, 2018 Ohio, Akron Leader Publications
... Police located a deer that had been impaled on a fence at a Hametown Road location April 3 and shot the animal to end its suffering...


 Deer's Jump Over Spiked Fence Proves Fatal In Glen Cove November 29, 2017 Patch
... In 2013, another deer was found impaled on a fence in Glen Cove's North Country Colony.


Private fence proves deadly for deer October 5, 2017 Montana, Ravalli Republic
...  a fawn impaled upon a fence. It was the third fawn he found so far this year on the same fence... the home off Wyant Lane. The fawn was on a spike halfway up the wrought-iron fence ...
     Woman horrified to find deer impaled on neighbor's fence October 5, 2017 Missouri, fox2now.com
...  keeps finding deer impaled on her neighbor's fence ... neighbor recently installed a wrought iron fence with spear points...

Rescued this deer caught in a fence on Dec 20 2016 in rural Lincoln county South Dakota


Saved a little yearling whitetail buck that got caught in the fence after trying to jump it. It looks like he was there since early morning or last night. - December 11, 2016


Crews use hydraulic device to rescue deer from metal fence September 28, 2016 Pennsylvania, United Press International
...  Public Works employees attempted to cut through the fence with cable cutters, but the bars proved too strong for that method... a hydraulic "SWAT jack," a jaws-of-life-style device ... used it to separate the bars...

Emergency officials worked together to free a deer that had become trapped in a fence Tuesday morning in Fineview; KDKA's Heather Abraham reports. - September 27, 2016


TWRA rescues deer stuck on fence in Powell July 5, 2016 Tennessee, WATE 6 On Your Side
... deer hanging on the fence and decided the best thing to do would be to tranquilize it...



Franklin Lakes, No easy solution to deer impalements in Franklin Lakes January 16, 2014 New Jersey, NorthJersey.com
... Spiked fences  ... Mayor Frank Bivona ... estimated that six deer have jumped to their deaths in the past year ... They don’t make it and they get caught up and they’re alive," ... 


Wormsloe alters fence to spare deer January 26, 2013 Georgia, Savannah Morning News
The sharp points are being removed from the century old fence that runs along the Wormsloe State Historic Park and Skidaway Road. Deer have been injured and even impaled while attempting to jump over the fence ...

Chris Floyd, Historic Site Manager, Wormsloe State Historic Site, talks about the alterations being made to the century old fence in order to protect deer from getting injured while jumping it along Skidaway Road - Gerogia, January 25, 2013


Alexandria and Arlington Animal Watch November 14, 2013 Virginia, Washington Post
... An animal control found a deer stuck on an iron fence. The deer had a severely broken leg. The animal was euthanized...

Deer Caught on Spiked Fence in Cleveland, OH - October, 2012


Staten Island deer found impaled on fence in Richmond October 6, 2013 New York, SILive.com
... Julie Nygren said she was driving past the cemetery on Arthur Kill Road when she saw the horrifying scene -- a deer hanging from the fence, clinging to life.  She said a police officer on scene told her they were waiting for it to be euthanized.  "It was still alive and dangling," ...

Deer impales itself trying to jump cemetery gate October 11, 2013 Michigan, WFSB
... Royal Oak police say it appears a deer tried to jump the fence of the Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak, MI, but impaled itself in the process...

Deer is freed from fence December 26, 2013 New Jersey, NorthJersey.Com 
... The officers determined that the fence had to be cut in order to free the leg. ... several days after the incident, the deer was spotted in Woodcliff Lake and appeared f  to be all right, with the exception of a broken lower back leg. 

Volunteers with the Mule Deer Foundation in Prescott, Arizona, removed barbed wire fencing, which endangers mule deer and pronghorn young, and replaced it with wildlife-friendly smooth wire along three miles of fenceline.


... Louisville Water Company employees had to play the role of wildlife rescuers Friday morning when a deer was found hanging from a fence spike...