Road ecology blog: Electric mat associated at fence end, east of Payson, Arizona, USA

July 05, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Electric mat (CrossTek™, formerly Electrobraid) associated with an animal detection and driver warning system at a fence end, S.R. 260 east of Payson, Arizona, USA. The fence is a 2.4 m (8 ft) high electric fence (Electrobraid™ / CrossTek™). The fence and animal detection system reduced elk-vehicle collisions by 97%. The electric mat is embedded in the roadway. It encourages animals to cross the road straight and discourages them from wandering off in the fenced road corridor.

Depending on the design, traditional steel wildlife or cattle guards (double wide) can  be a substantial barrier to ungulates, but they tend to be a poor barrier to bears. Electric mats seem to be a much greater barrier to bears. Click here for other images of the electric mat, wildlife guards and gates.

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Electric mat (CrossTek™) associated with an animal detection and driver warning system at a fence end, S.R. 260 east of Payson, Arizona, USAElectric mat associated with an animal detection and driver warning system at a fence end, S.R. 260 east of Payson, Arizona, USA

Electric mat (CrossTek™) associated with an animal detection and driver warning system at a fence end, S.R. 260 east of Payson, Arizona, USAElectric mat associated with an animal detection and driver warning system at a fence end, S.R. 260 east of Payson, Arizona, USA


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