AKO Wildlife Defence

Wolves 37 Predators Using electric fences means you can protect your livestock. The spread of the wolf in the cultivated landscape holds a potential for conflict. As opportunist feeders, they go for the animals that they can capture most easily. These are, above all, domestic animals such as sheep and goats. This makes protecting the herd an important issue. This includes the tried and tested defence against wolves using electric fences. The electric fence must be optimally earthed – whether that’s a fence equipped with five wires or the AKO WolfNet. A powerful 12 V AKO fence device with a fence voltage of around 4000 to 5000 volts and an impulse energy of around 5 Joules is used to provide power. The ground clearance of the lowest blue AKO TopLine Plus fence tape should be 10 to a maximum of 20 cm. When using the AKO WolfNet, this must reach to the ground (take uneven terrain into account!). Only then can it protect against undermining. Wolves will first try to push themselves under a fence instead of jumping over it. The additional AKO wires (or tapes) are affixed at 30 and 50 cm height on the classic electric fence. The spacing can then be a little larger – e.g. wires at 80 and 110 cm in height. Our tip: we recommend tensioning a blue signal tape or a blue AKO TopLine Plus fence tape at the upper fence end at 130 or 140 cm height as a visual barrier. In areas exposed to wind, there is the option to cut the signal tape into several pieces and secure one piece to the top of each post. Alternatively, affixing rags (rag fence/wolf hunt) can help. This should have an additional, if only temporary, defence effect, especially on younger wolves. A wooden post should be sunk at each corner and, depending on the fence length, halfway along each side of the pen, to which insulators are screwed. AKO plastic posts, preferably with integrated wire eyelets, are installed in between (depending on the terrain) at intervals of 7 to 8 metres depending on the height of the fence. Important: a mobile pen should not be too small, so that wolves cannot get too close to the animals and panic them. Double fencing is required in some cases. This creates a "safety ring".