I see lots of threads on deer- any ideas on keeping moose out or away from beds/plants?
They come in regularly over winter and prune all of our shrubs/trees that are not too tall for them (okay not all- they aren't interested in spruce Which sometimes is manageable, sometimes they overdo it on fruit and some ornamentals. There is plenty of room and food for them in the bush beyond my cultivated areas and outside the acreage, so I'd like to discourage them from passing through parts of the acreage where I have plantings (they have very long legs and don't really go around anything except trees- so they also step right in garden beds, another issue, potentially) or at least keep them away from particular trees/shrubs....
They don't jump over fences like deer (at least not generally, not sure about ever), they will just step over regular height fences, and if startled willl run right through fences such as barbed wire for livestock; not sure how they feel about things like a flexible string fence. I tend to think they'd pull them down...
edge of the boreal mixed woods zone, just east of the Rocky Mtn Foothills, z 2/3
Electric tape (the big wide easily seen kind, not WHITE if you have snow) at nose height treated with peanut butter so they touch or lick it. Then hope they don't trample anything when they bolt.
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I'm in moose country too and my research for moose proofing gardens led me to believe that anything besides stout posts with horizontal boards between them wouldn't stand up to them. Way to material/$ intensive for anything but small spaces or rich people. I'm just putting up a woven wire 8' fence around my ag zone. I Know the moose could go right through it but from what I've seen they aren't too interested in going through fences. If ey do bust through ill just fix it and move on....
This thread is not new, and I realize that. But I live in BC and also have moose passing through regularly. Used to have an old cow that came every spring with her new calf. She got quite used to being around, but they stayed away from the garden. Mostly I think a dog should take care of it. Or maybe two dogs. During a period where I had NO dog, the moose and deer were very plentiful all over the place. Now that I have a dog this is not the case. I think they sort of know by the smell if a dog lives here. Mostly they do a little damage to trees in the winter. When I take the dog out in the morning, I will see their tracks and a few branches broken off some trees. I do not mind sharing. In fact, I think sharing with the wildlife is the right way to think about it. If you want the moose to leave your garden and fruit trees alone, just plant some willows (stick some green sticks in the ground, most will grow) that are between the bush and your gardens. Moose will FAR prefer the willows. I have noticed that they also do not ever take very much, though they may come back a few times and it adds up sometimes. They seem to like to keep moving, taking a few mouthfuls here and there. These are just my observations from living with them for 33 years in this location. I love all the wildlife that comes around here, a little damage is a small price to pay.
If I were going to try fencing them I would try electric fences. Get a charger for keeping buffalo in.(it will knock most lesser animals to their knees) Then add screen door springs to the wire so when the animal hit it, that the wire just stretches so they keep getting shocked rather than breaking the wire. The spring lesson was learned dealing with hogs and I had a friend who's family was among the first raising beefalo so they had to keep a few buffalo fenced and they used a special high power fencer for that.
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