Last year our apple trees finally started producing fruit and the raccoons quickly took notice of that with the same results – broken branches and missing fruit. After several repairs to holes in the fence Don put up an electric fence wire at raccoon nose height. We were awakened that night by a loud squeak when wet raccoon nose contacted electric fence. As far as we know, we have not had a bear try to get to the fruit but just to be on the safe side, Don added another electric fence at bear nose height.
Confident that we now had the critters at bay we looked forward to enjoying some cherries and apples. But it was not to be. The robins quickly discovered the bright red cherries and polished off nearly all of them. Then in late September when the apples were just about ready to harvest a Stellar Jay discovered the bounty and pecked a hole in nearly every single apple.