Working Grassland Habitat Programs

Pronghorn Friendly Fence

Parts of northwestern South Dakota were historically fenced with woven wire fence for sheep.

In some cases such fences are no longer necessary.

Instinctually, pronghorn prefer to crawl under fences as opposed to leaping over them. Woven wire fences can be difficult for pronghorn to cross and can be fatal if animals become entangled. These long barriers can impede critical migration patterns during severe blizzard conditions or long Dakota winters.

In high pronghorn density areas, to help facilitate their movement across the landscape, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks may provide cost share assistance to remove woven wire fence and replace it with barbed wire fence built to specifications that allow for improved pronghorn passage. See diagram below.

Learn more about this program by contacting Cody Grewing at 605.394.5232.