Elk Browsing on Butterfly Bush - Knowledgebase Question

Packwood, WA
Question by gobarbo9
November 18, 1999
I have a butterfly bush that the local Elk like to nibble on in the spring can you give me any hints on how to protect it without hurting the Elk?

Answer from NGA
November 18, 1999


Short of a tall fence or an electric fence, there are no guarantees for keeping wildlife from foraging in your garden. You can try a few tricks and see how they work. There's a motion-senstive device that shoots water called the Water DeFence. If you don't own a dog, borrow one from a friend a few days per week to stroll around the property - the scent may be enough to keep them away. Deer-Off is a concentrate of spoiled egg solids that has had success in some gardens. Wild animals are smart, and they'll learn to work around your tricks, unless you use a combination of them and vary them often. Your county extension office (ph#360/740-1212) may be able to offer you other advice, and should be able to supply you with plans for fences if you need to take that route. Hope this helps!

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