I am going to fence in my 3/4 acre yard to keep Coyotes out as we just got a new puppy and want to keep her safe. I'm thinking 5' cattle panels or maybe wire ( like panels). I will be using edging at the bottom of the fence to keep them from digging under if possible.
The main question is can a Coyote or Bobcat get over a 5' cattle panel? Or will they try? Any experience you have with this kind of thing would be greatly appreciated.
I would think cattle or horse panels are tall enough, but the larger holes would allow entry of smaller yotes or cats. I would go with chain link to be sure. Maybe something like this instead, https://jet.com/product/detail/c1b876859fb040dbbf75ae7d378f5075?jcmp=pla:ggl:hardware_a1:fencing_barriers_fence_panels_a1_other:na:na:na:na:na:2&code=PLA15&k_clickid=3c5049a8-8ea4-422d-976d-3cf83f1b8a4a&abkId=403-493482&gclid=CMTBp4PbvssCFYMlgQodP2MCTg
Loc: Wise County Texas
I dont think you can build a cat proof fence, at least economically. Chain link will keep most animals from going "trough" as will 2"x4" non-climb horse fence ( I like it better than CL, but it is expensive). A small grid field fence will work for most canines and much cheaper. What ever fence you use, make sure and add a strong strand of wire at the base and on top, will make the fence edge between post much stronger.
As mentioned, an electric wire ran on top and on near the ground will also make a big difference. Also, make sure the pup has a "safe" place he can retreat to with just enough entrance to allow him. BTW, if is is a small breed, he can be attacked from the air as well (hawks/owls) Hot wire on the top of the fence will at least remove that spot as a perch. Keep tree limbs and brush away from outside of fence if possible, should make a cats access harder.
If at all possible, try to add 18-24" of fence down and out under ground towards the outside, will help slow digging in.
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I saw a HF between Harper and Doss that had a hot wire about three feet from the bottom on the inside, and about two feet from the top on the outside, and barbed wire above that. The wires were held away from the fence about 8" by stand-offs. I guess they were trying to keep varmints out or they had climbers on the inside that they wanted to contain. I have watched bobcats and foxes climb to the upper holes on our HF or just climb over the top. If they dig under we can generally snare them pretty effectively. I reckon a coyote could climb pretty well if motivated enough. Like Western said hawks, owls and even caracaras can be a threat. I watched a hawk on the neighbors fence just waiting for their chihuahua to come out. I warned them about the predator, but I was ready to video; just in case.
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If you use a hot wire, be sure that it is not a low voltage charger. I have a 1-Joule, 15,000 volt, charger that keeps pretty much everything but the rabbits on their side of the fence. The bottom wire is about 6" above ground, the top wire is about 6 inches above the top of the fence.
One-strand electric fence will only work, though, if the varmint is touching the ground or climbing the fence. If you have jumpers, then you will need to make a two-wire top. Put both the hot wire and a ground wire around the top, with about two inches between them. That way, the jumper will hit both wires and will still get a shock.
As searcher said, there are still issues with airborne predators but you can't do much about that other than only put the really small pets out with supervision.
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. My dog won't be outside all the time but just letting her out to pee at night has proven deadly for my wife's dog right under her nose. Our puppy is a Lab-Pit mix so when she grows up she should be ok for brief periods in the dark and I will feel better when I get this fence up. Believe me I won't leave her out there unattended!
I have a JRT that lives inside. When I take him out to pee, I usually stand guard even though I have a hog wire fence around the five acres that is my " homestead ". Plenty of yotes on the rest of the 87 acres. Guy across the highway from me has a pen ( 100 ac. or so ) that is fenced to run coyotes in. They get out frequently, so I have more than normal around here.