Those who’ve been deer-proofing their yards under the Town of Okotoks’ deer fencing pilot project will be able to continue doing so.
In April of 2021, the town approved the project, which allows residents to extend the height of their fences to 7.5 feet tall using several approved materials, as well as the use of wire mesh to protect gardens.
It was set to end on April 12, 2022, though council voted to extend it to April 12, 2023, in their latest meeting.
Council will revisit the project next year, with two years worth of information and feedback from the community.
There’s a list of requirements for those taking part in the project, with modified fences having to be easily removable and not encroaching on neighboring properties.
They also cannot pose a safety issue for deer or members of the public.
A list of approved materials was also devised, with those materials including animal netting barriers, 32-inch finial; garden metal edges attached to black chain link fences, metal page wire, and twine.