New Science Kid Program Gives Kids Hands-On Experience To Create Wildlife Friendly Fences

Apr 12, 2021

Credit Joe Riis

The Wyoming Wildlife Foundation is partnering up with Science Kids, and the Draper Natural History Museum, to provide a hands-on course for kids to help build wildlife friendly fences.

Kids in between the ages of 9 and 12 will learn about the wildlife migration paths in the northwest. This course is scheduled to run for three days.

Corey Anco, the assistant curator of the Draper Natural History Museum, said retrofitting fences helps wildlife continue their migrations.

"To remove the bottom wire from being a barbed wire to a smooth wire because some species jump over, like elk or mule deer will jump over a fence, if it's an appropriate height," said Anco. "But some species like pronghorn go under and if that wire is one, too low to the ground, or two, it's barbed that can either prevent movement or result in injury."

Participants will learn about wildlife migration and how fences obstruct ungulates movements. Then, Anco said, they will have the opportunity to go into the field and retrofit up to five miles of fences to make them more friendly for wildlife.