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Michael.  Livestock/range fences can be hazardous to wildlife such as deer especially when built across migratory pathways as indicated by the proposed location in the website orthophoto. Deer and bear both must move to lower elevation food sources along the bench in fall, winter and spring and will have to cross any new fence designed to exclude horses from the area.  Deer especially can get entangled when jumping over wire strand fences and animals can be hurt and sometimes killed trying to squeeze through or under such fences.  The province has some standard range fence designs but these are not necessarily wildlife-friendly.  Part of the design and construction of a responsibly-built fence to exclude horses should also be to minimize potential adverse affect on wildlife. Here is a copy and paste link to a pdf document on wildlife-friendly fence designs prepared as guidance to landowners in Montana:  fwp.mt.gov/content/getItem.aspx?id=34461 .   Also, as funding is secured to build a new fence, the means should be sought to also remove the old abandoned fences along the KVR and elsewhere. Those are a hazard to people, wildlife, dogs and horses. Perhaps some cooperative funding or work-in-kind might be arranged with Marathon Realty assuming it still holds title to the KVR right-of-way. Al Peatt, RPBio

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