Wildlife Friendly Fencing Amendment

Project Summary: 

This project proposes an update to the Wildlife Friendly Fencing regulations outlined in Section 5.1.2 of the LDRs.  The update includes clarification and predictability to existing fence repair and replacement standards, additional exemption for agricultural operations, and an update to the design requirements for wildlife friendly fencing.  The updates were a cooperative effort between the Teton Conservation District, WY Game and Fish,  Teton Wildlife Foundation, the County, concerned members of the public, and local agricultural operators. The updates also follow the guidance outlined in the Wyoming guide to Wildlife Friendly Fencing which is published by the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation in cooperation with ranchers and agricultural operators throughout the state.


Wyoming Wildlife Foundation Fencing Guide

Buck and Rail Fence
  1. News & Highlights

November 8, 2021: Board of County Commissioners Approves Update

At the November 2, 2021 BCC hearing, the Board voted to approve amendments to the wildlife friendly fencing standards of the Land Development Regulations. A strikethrough and underline version (PDF) of the approved language is available for review.

August 27, 2021: Updated Draft Language Reflecting Planning Commission Recommendation

Following the Planning Commission review of and recommendation on this amendment, Planning Staff has updated the proposed amendment language to reflect the Planning Commission recommendation and discussion. This August 9, 2021 draft amendment (PDF) to the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Regulations will be considered at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on September 20, 2021.

August 2, 2021: Updated Draft Language and August 9th Planning Commission Packet Available for Review

Planning Staff has updated the proposed language for the wildlife friendly fencing amendment. The July 30, 2021 draft amendment (PDF) will be considered at the August 9th Planning Commission.

The complete August 9th Planning Commission Staff Report and Packet (PDF) is also available for review now. 

July 29, 2021: Planning Commission Site Visit

Planning Commissioners and Planning Staff conducted a site visit with Wyoming Department of Game and Fish to review examples of fencing in the community. Audio recording of that site visit is available for download here

July 12, 2021: Planning Commission Hearing

The Planning Commission reviewed the draft amendment and continued their meeting to the August 9th, 2021 Planning Commission Hearing. 

June 23, 2021: Updated Draft Amendment Language Now Available for Review

Following additional internal review, staff has released an updated draft of proposed amendment language, including minor clarifications and revised images.

June 9, 2021: Draft Amendment Language Available for Public Review

Draft language for the Wildlife Friendly Fencing Amendment (AMD2021-0003) is now available for review. The Teton County Planning Commission will meet on July 12, 2021 to review the proposed language.