Fencing out Javelina?

outdoor_andy(7)April 9, 2013

I am building some raised garden beds in an area that gets roaming javelina. I am trying to build a fence that will keep them out at the shortest possible height. Electric fencing is not an option. I know they are not big jumpers, so how high do you think I would need to build a fence to keep them out? Thanks

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MaryMcP Zone 8b - Phx AZ

According to AZ Game and Fish either an *electric* fence or a 4' wall.

Here's a link to an article, you'll have to copy and paste to your browser window as it's not an http: address:

Keep javelina wild! - Arizona Game and Fish Department


Also, if you Google 'fence out javalina', there's lots of good info. Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 8:46AM
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GeeS 9b

My home is central to the territory of an extended Javelina family, so we're quite familiar. Javelina can climb a bit, and may be motivated to do so by the smell of sweet garden morsels. I agree wholeheartedly with the post above -- 4'. I also suggest a rather stout fence, as Javelina are quite strong and may test your efforts to what degree they're able. We use wrought iron bolted to concrete.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 11:02AM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

We moved into our retirement home in Cottonwood a year and a half ago. We have javelina here also. They used to roam the yard at will, and they destroyed my garden the first year we were here.

Last spring I fenced it off with 4' industrial grade chainlink fence and burried the bottom of the fence approximately 4 inches to discourage digging. All posts are set in concrete. Height of the fence ranges from about 3 '6" to 3' 8"..

So far, so good. I've seen tracks up to and along the fence, but none have gotten into the yard.

Gates can be the weak link You will want to bury rocks, a railroad tie, or build a small concrete sill or pad to keep them from digging under at that point.

Have fun. :-)

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 7:56PM
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Thanks to everyone who replied. That gives me a good idea of what I am up against.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 11:29PM
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