Wildlife fencing may not be 100% effective. Should animals cross a fence, an easy exit is required in the form of a one-way gate. These function only to release animals from the farm, orchard, etc., but do not allow entry.
Design and Installation
The gate must have one-way action, be very easy to activate, and be easily located by the animal. Gate location is important if the animal is expected to use it.
Two general methods are shown in the orchard drawings in Figure 1; below. Either offset the fence line at the gate or ‘funnel’ the fence towards the gate. These locations are effective because the animal will follow the fence line right to the gate.
The photograph in Figure 1, below, is a highway right-of-way installation.
- Figure 1 Wildlife Gate Locations
A typical one way gate is constructed of two sets of curved tines that are mounted vertically on spring closed hinges. The tines curve away from the enclosure side of the fence to the outside as shown in Figure 2, below.