Wildlife friendly reindeer fencing

Project: Co-funded project

  • Rätti, Osmo (Principal Investigator)
  • Vierelä, Markku (Other)

Collaborative partners

  • University of Lapland (lead)
  • Metsähallitus (Joint applicant)
  • Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) (Joint applicant)

Description in the public portal

Collision with fences can be source of mortality for grouse. Also moose may be wounded in collisions with fences. On the other hand moose may cause damage to fences and cause extra work in the fence maintenance. In the reindeer herding area the total length of fences is more than 10 000 km.
Here we will study the impact of fences on grouse and moose. Also, we experimentally study the different ways to mark fences to reduce collisions. The aim is to find long lasting, environmentally friendly and cost effective marking for reindeer fences.
The results could be used both when new fences are built and also when the existing fences will be modified to be safer for wildlife. The guidelines derived from the results and the actions thereafter will reduce wildlife mortality and increase the quality of wildlife habitats.
Short titlePoroaitojen riistaturvallisuus
Effective start/end date20.09.201330.06.2015


  • Euroopan aluekehitysrahasto EAKR/ European Regional Development Fund ERDF: €127,220.00

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