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Building Wildlife-Safe Fencing in Edmonton

a deer standing in a field

Back in 2019, the City of Edmonton put a moratorium on a particular type of fencing to reduce the risk of deer, moose and other wildlife getting impaled on the distinctive spikes that top the posts.

Here’s what you need to know about this regulation and how it might impact your plans for new fencing around your property.

Why There’s A Moratorium in Place

A particular stretch of residential fencing along the yards of the River Point community in Edmonton became a danger due to the arrow-shaped spikes that adorn the fence posts. These spikes injured a number of deer who tried to jump the fence and got caught, resulting in serious injuries. The animals were euthanized, and in 2019, the City of Edmonton decided to halt the installation and construction of custom fences like the one that caused the injuries.

The type of fence targeted by the moratorium is common, and it’s possible that many homeowners planning a fence upgrade will have to go back to the drawing board.

The Benefits of Residential Fencing

There are many reasons to add a fence to your property. You may want to increase security, enhance privacy or make the property more attractive with an ornamental gate or wrought iron fence. However, it’s essential that the structure is designed with safety in mind. For instance, a fence adorned with spikes that can hurt wildlife may also be a danger to pets and any children who try to climb over it.

If you’re thinking about having a custom fence made for your property, it’s important to work with a contractor who’s aware of local regulations. This way you be sure that the type of fence you install is safe, meets your needs and is government-sanctioned.

Wrought iron is a great choice for people who want to add curb appeal to their property while making it more secure. However, ensuring that it’s constructed properly and respects all bylaws and regulations is crucial. Otherwise, you could end up having to redo the entire project or find that your fence poses a danger to local wildlife and needs to be modified. Be especially careful of the height of the fence and the design of the posts.

Residential Fencing Experts in Alberta - Work With Duraguard

From ornamental gates to chain link fences, Duraguard Fence Ltd. has the fencing you need. We provide fence installation, repair and maintenance services to residential and commercial property owners in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie and surrounding areas. Contact us to learn more about our products or to get a free quote.


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