Best Fence For Bear Management
Bears are solitary, but territorial animals; and like deer, once they establish a territory, they will not leave unless they are forced out. Because of their size, bears need to eat a lot in the summer and fall seasons in order to make it through the winter when they go into a deep sleep (but not a true hibernation). In the springtime, they will visit bee hives for fresh, all-natural honey and will stomp on vegetable and fruit gardens through the spring season into summer. Come fall, they will stock pile on food and attempt to eat 90 pounds of food each day in preparation for winter hibernation.
They will bulldoze through a plastic fence and other types of steel fence are simply not strong enough to stop bear damage on landscapes. This is why growers use electric fence for bear management. The quick jolt from the electric fencing will deter bears from pursuing gardening areas. No matter the size of the property, electric bear fence is simply the best fence for bear deterrence.
Note: To deter grizzly and black bears, fencing will need to be 42"-54" high using 5 strands of poly wire spaced 8"-10" apart. (The lowest wire should not exceed 8" from the ground.) The design works to allow deer and elk to safely pass, but will add shock value. The minimum voltage of the fence should be 5000-7000 volts.
Electric fence is one of the best wildlife deterrents for bears.