Living with wildlife - energized fences

Nuisance animals

Fence design

The four critical components of an effective energized fence are:

  1. a high voltage, low impedance energizer capable of delivering a minimum of 5000 volts to the fence under all conditions;
  2. an adequate electrical grounding system;
  3. proper wire and post spacing; and
  4. monitoring of the fence power status with a digital voltmeter.






Wire and Posts


A voltmeter is essential for monitoring the fence power and trouble shooting. Digital voltmeters are available from energized fence manufacturers.