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By Micah Drew

Electric Fence Incentive Program Promotes Human-Bear Coexistence


Nathan Bourne, Pathfinder

A black bear helps itself to unsecured trash in downtown Seeley Lake last week.

Got grizzlies? Defenders of Wildlife can help.

The Defenders have an electric fencing incentive program to help landowners protect their yards, garden and animals-without endangering bears.

The Defenders are offering to reimburse landowners for 50 percent of the cost of bear-resistant electric fencing, up to $500. The incentive is both a technical and financial assistance program.

"Humans by and large generate things on the landscape that bears love, like bear snacks basically," said Russ Talmo, manager of Defenders' Electric Fence Incentive Program. "Electric fencing is not rocket science,...

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