In an update to a conservation field note a few weeks ago, doctorate student Alexandra Hutton explained why she was doing her dissertation research in East Africa. The reason? Fences.
Conservationists noticed that the wild cat population in the area was decreasing rapidly, and time and observation seemed to prove that this was a result of human interaction with the cats.
It is believed that as cattle farms expanded, cats began to attack cattle, prompting humans to kill the wild cats and decreasing their population.
Looking for a way to decrease the interaction between the protective humans and the hunting felines, conservationists erected part wood, part chain link fences around the cattle specifically designed to keep predators away. Results so far appear promising.
As Hutton moves into the area to work on her dissertation, she will be observing one important factor: are the fences working? This will require specifically observing the behavior of the cats in regards to the fences and how much of a deterrent they actually are.
When you think about what the fence in your own yard does, it’s similar. While you might not be saving a species with your fence, you are keeping your pets and family safer as well as keeping neighborhood animals out of your yard and out of the trouble they could get into there.
If Hutton’s research proves that the fences are doing a good job, it will be a win-win for everyone. It’s amazing what just a fence can do!
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For those of you that have a wooden fence now is the perfect time to protect your investment by staining and sealing. This ensures that your investment will be well protected as well as adding a beautiful color to the fence.