KENAI - A federal program will help Kenai Peninsula farmers build electric fences to keep bears away from farming structures.
The Peninsula Clarion reports that the Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service will help pay for fences starting in October.
The program is part of the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program.
Fences are targeted for structures that attract bears such as beehives, livestock pens and chicken coops.
The program is designed to reduce bear and human interactions.
Department of Agriculture state biologist Bill Woods says the service will conduct site visits and develop management plans with farmers. He says the budget is yet to be determined.