Missoula, Mont.,
11:42 PM

For Immediate Release

Got Grizzlies? Defenders of Wildlife Helps Build Bear Barriers in Your Backyard

Defenders of Wildlife’s 7th annual Electric Fence Incentive Program is underway. People in specified counties in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and eastern Washington can apply for funding and technical assistance to build bear-resistant electric fencing that safely protects property from grizzly bears and black bears.

Russell Talmo, Rockies and Plains Program Associate with Defenders of Wildlife, issued this statement:

“Some of the most significant obstacles to grizzly bear recovery continue to be bear-human conflicts and human-caused mortality. There are a variety of simple and affordable measures that people can take to reduce these conflicts. Our Electric Fence Incentive Program is a shining example of how grizzly bears and humans can coexist.”



A primary factor limiting grizzly bear recovery is human-caused mortality. Bears follow their nose to find enough calories that will generate the fat reserves necessary to make it through the winter. When bears find foods like garbage, fruit trees and livestock, they are often removed by management agencies or killed by landowners. By preventing such conflicts, we are benefiting both people and bears. Properly installed bear-resistant electric fencing is a simple and effective way to do just that.

Defenders of Wildlife reimburses 50 percent of the cost of an electric fence (up to $500) for securing grizzly bear attractants, such as chickens, garbage, bees, gardens, fruit trees and other livestock in eligible counties in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. Through this program, Defenders has helped more than 260 landowners to complete electric fence projects since 2010.

This spring, Defenders ran a print advertising campaign with placement in the following newspapers in Montana and Idaho: Daily Inter Lake, Western County News, Valley Journal, Bonners Ferry Herald, Carbon County News, Gardiner Chamber of Commerce Newsletter, Tobacco Valley News and Sanders County Ledger.

Check out our application and website to find out more. Funding is limited, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in this program.

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.