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Deer impaled by fence in Colorado Springs

Posted at 12:39 PM, Nov 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-28 14:39:02-05

COLORADO SPRINGS – After a viewer submitted a photo to News 5 showing a buck impaled by a fence in westside Colorado Springs neighborhood, we’re asking what homeowners can do to keep wildlife safe.

The photo, which was graphic in nature, showed a white sheet covering a deer that was caught in the fence. The fence featured pointed tops, which caught the deer while it was attempting to jump over it.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, (CPW) wildlife-friendly fences should be highly visible to wild animals, they should have enough room for animals to jump over or crawl under and they should provide easy access to wildlife corridors.

Other tips from CPW call for limiting fencing in areas where it is unnecessary. Alternatives include using signs, spacing fence posts without rails or wires between or building bollards to mark property boundaries.

If you’re considering building a fence on your property, Parks and Wildlife encourages you to check its guide before designing a fence.