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We have been receiving calls from customers that foxes have begun to simply jump over the 1m tall chicken netting. As there are many trials and reports of the netting being highly effective we were concerned but waiting for some sort of confirmation.
This finally came to a head when we were recently shown an incident where a fox was clearly jumping a standard poultry net to get away with a chicken. These two videos clearly show a fox running up to a fence and jumping over without investigating the barrier. Whether it had in the past or not is not known but as it quite clearly did not touch the fence whilst on the ground indicates that it had experienced electric fencing in the past. Foxes are normally very shy, cautious and tend to investigate a barrier before crossing it. This can be attributed to the fox in question being accustomed to fences and simply jumping them in much the same manner that Deer, Springbok and Impala will do.
The first shows the fox gaining entry.
The second shows it exiting with it's meal.
Solution to the Problem
Whilst the issue of foxes learning to evade an electric fence by jumping onto it is not currently widespread, there is nothing to say that they will not learn to do so. A fox is generally considered quite a clever animal so this issue will be monitored.