Plan wildlife-friendly gates, fences and corridors
As Sonoma County becomes increasingly urbanized, more human-related, life threatening hazards are being introduced into the lives of native wildlife. Each year Wildlife Fawn Rescue receives many calls to release fawns or adult deer that have become wedged between the bars of wrought iron gates and fences or fatally impaled on decorative spikes placed across the top of the gate.
A hungry deer will push its head through the lower bars, then gradually manipulate the flexible shoulder and ribcage inside until it becomes firmly wedged mid-body. Unable to free itself, the deer will die if not discovered in time for us to release it.
A trapped deer is a dangerous situation for both deer and human. Do not go near it. Pulling will not release the deer. Its frantic struggles can cause internal injuries, and without immediate help it will die. Wildlife Fawn Rescue is the only facility in Sonoma County with proper skills and equipment to release both fawns and adult deer from this death trap. If the animal is alive, we can save it and set it free.
To prevent unnecessary tragedies:
- Space lower vertical bars close together, three inches apart, to prevent a fawn from squeezing its head and shoulders through.
- Interweave the bottom half of the gate’s vertical and horizontal bars into your entire artistic design to assure no animal can be wedged. Bring this design out to the edge of the gate.
- Eliminate all spikes from the top of gates and fences.
- Install the gate and fence close to the ground to keep a five pound fawn from crawling under.
- Leave a narrow corridor between the outside of the fence and the adjoining property to allow wildlife to travel through in search of food, water and a safe habitat.
Call Wildlife Fawn Rescue at 931-4550. We will come. Wisit the website at www.fawnrescue.org/