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  •  elk go through fences, not under them (4+ / 0-)

    The strategy is either lean your butt, or if you're a bull, your rack, into the fence and then just use the force of your massive body to knock it over.   And it works.   But sometimes the fence wires cause nasty injuries to the animal.

    I saw this just last week at my neighbor's field.  Somehow the whole herd - except one - got inside that fence line.  The one was stuck between the wire and the trunk of the giant maple tree, thrashing about.  Finally, after a struggle and a near attack from a snarling dog, it ran, limping, away.

    •  Most of my experience (4+ / 0-)

      is with deer and they tend to go under fences. Deer are really hard on fences in fact.

      As far as Elk are concerned, I'll defer to you. They are so much stronger and larger I can easily imagine them mowing down a fence.

      The only trouble with retirement is...I never get a day off!

      by Mr Robert on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 10:40:09 PM PST

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      •  you're right about deer under the fence... (3+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, worldlotus, Mr Robert

        This summer, I thought I was so clever with a six foot upper, fixed fence and a two foot, lower, piece under that that I could open and sneak under.  Until I left that piece open and the little  deer just ducked their heads and walked right in.

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