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The White Tail Fence Marker: A Wildlife Impact Mitigation and Fencing Safety Device©

  September/October / Vol 8 Issue 6

The White Tail Fence Marker a Wildlife Impact Mitigation and Fencing Safety Device©
By: John Przepiora, Polaris Wildlife and Fencing Devices, LLC


White Tail Deer are the most abundant and adaptable woodland species in North America. They can accelerate to 40 MPH, cruise at 25 MPH and jump a 12 foot high fence. They are the most admired and beautiful of all the creatures in our woods, brush lands, deep forests and sometimes are unfortunately found in our landscapes and gardens. They are most easily adapted to our urban settings and commonly seen there as well.

Given these three facts;
1. White Tail Deer were very rare and nearly extinct in parts of North America between 1880 and 1950, due to over hunting and the changing rural habitats of that era.
2. Agricultural, Urban, Commercial and Industrial growth in our nation has only given White Tail Deer an opportunity to adapt and flourish among the communities that formed around those growth centers.
3. There are more White Tail Deer now in North America than there were at the beginning of the settling of this nation.

All three facts relate to requirements that fencing must be installed in areas where White Tail Deer Habitat is impacted by human activity. Fencing when installed and maintained for such reasons as boundary lines, livestock grazing, crop planting and harvesting, parks and recreational areas and the most often cited requirements of all, SAFETY, creating wildlife impact with these installations where they are required.

As the Energy Industry is growing and developing in our nation and also in order to supply the energy needs of growing communities and renewal of industry and cities, the consideration of the industry image in the eye of the public becomes paramount. The way in which Safety is applied in addressing human and animal impact on our installations must be approached in a way that is obvious to both the public and wildlife communities equally.  Fencing being installed for safety in these growth areas is increasing.

Safety, that is performed in a manner which will address human, domestic animal, livestock and wildlife impact on such installations, is an important factor in the eye of the public and will send a message of stewardship of both our environmental and wildlife habitations impact mitigation.

There is a product that enhances both the public perception and effectiveness of these efforts that is focused on the most visible and perhaps controversial impact on wildlife, which is the need for fencing that is installed for the safety of all. It is the White Tail Fence Marker©.The White Tail Fence Marker© is a product that mimics nature in motion, color, and shape as an alarm and presence indicator to wildlife. The WTFM© is the same color as, is shaped like, and achieves mimicking the motion of a White Tail Deer reflex action known as “Tail Flagging”© that White Tail Deer exhibit when alarmed and or indicating the presence of a potential threat.

Other domestic and woodland species likewise are alerted by this “Tail Flagging”© in their environment. It is a universal and understood signal for flight or attention to a possible threat. The WTFM© will let wildlife know that the fence is THERE. It is readily seen and recognized by most woodland species and even humans. They will adapt to this presence and easily jump or fly over the obstacle avoiding impact injury.

The White Tail Fence Marker© can be produced in reflective white and other colors, although white is the preferential color to address wildlife impact mitigation. It is made of recycled plastic suitable to resist outdoor environmental conditions, with a printed area for your logo and emergency contact information, which is customized and applied specifically to your order. It has two choices for simple attachment to a typical 12ga high tensile fence wire on any manner of typical fencing styles for differing applications.

The WTFM© is available in 12 inch, 8 inch and 6 inch long designs and is equally effective in each size and can be attached to any fence with a choice of the two devices.

The first device is a wire tie that is made of 6/6 Nylon with a recognized ultra-violet ray inhibitor, and that was developed for and is used in the Solar Energy products installation exclusively for indoor or outdoor application. The cost of this attaching device is low. The longevity of this attaching device is about 3 to 5 years in an outdoor application without maintenance. This device is suitable for areas of long term or temporary use without maintenance.

The second device is of a vinyl coated woven wire with a crimp locking fastener all made of stainless steel. This device has also been developed for the Solar Energy products installation for outdoor harsh use industrial applications. The cost of this device is more than the standard wire tie. The longevity of this device is exemplary. It may be used in an application with a very low maintenance cost. It is a permanent installation.

The design of the product itself is in the shape and bright white color of a White Tail Deer’s tail. Being of 16 ga thickness Polypropylene material, 12 inches, 6 inches or 8 inches long with a taper shape. There is a hole pierced in the product to install a stainless-steel grommet and a 130 pound test fishing line swivel also made from stainless-steel that give the WTFM© it’s designed action in a slight breeze to flutter, wave and spin while installed on a fence, mimicking the motion of a White Tail Deer reflex action known as “Tail Flagging”©

The White Tail Fence Marker© is available in quantities suitable for any infrastructure for industrial, mining, highway, civil, commercial and energy installations such as Right of Way, Access Sites and Roads, Well Roads, Well Site Pads, Field Site Installations, Storage Sites, Transmission and Gathering Pipeline Fencing for the purposes of bringing safety and co-habitation with wildlife in our and their environment.

Installation is by the Solar Equipment Grade nylon wire tie or alternatively using the Solar Equipment Grade non-corroding vinyl coated stainless woven wire tie that is of a high industrial grade and is permanent. This method of attachment includes an American made crimping tool when order quantities allow.

We decided that the product should be designed and made of materials and parts that are made in the U.S. A. For example, the 130 pound test stainless-steel Swivel is made by the ONLY swivel company in America that has made them since 1926. The stainless-steel Grommets are made by a 166 year old American company that started in a small building in Lower Manhattan in 1852.

All design, testing and manufacturing operations that produce this product and others in our line, from start to finish, are done in the heart of the Appalachian Basin and White Tail Deer Country.


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