Old Snowmass ranch fence must meet wildlife standards | AspenTimes.com

Old Snowmass ranch fence must meet wildlife standards

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

OLD SNOWMASS – An Old Snowmass landowner has agreed to lay down sections of a fence during the winter months to allow wildlife movement, after Pitkin County issued a notice of violation regarding the fence in February.

The fence doesn’t meet the county’s fence specifications, which dictates that wire fencing in wildlife areas can’t consist of more than three strands of wire and can’t be more than 42 inches high. In addition, the top wire must be barbless; the lower strands (which may be barbed) should be at least 12 inches apart and the bottom strand should be at least 16 inches off the ground.

Part of a new fence on the Michael and Mary Johnston property in Shield O’ Mesa consists of four barbed strands and stands 48 inches high, according to the county. The bottom wire is 12 inches from the ground.

There was concern, though, that a fence that meets county rules would not prevent cows and calves from escaping.

An agreement between the landowners and the county will allow the fence to remain in place, but numerous sections must be modified so they can lay flat on the ground in the wintertime and be raised for the summer cow/calf season.

In the meantime, the four wires of the 48-inch high fence will be completely removed in 14-foot sections, in six locations, as specified by a wildlife officer, for the remainder of this winter, according to the county.

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