Wildlife Escape Ramps
About Water Trough Escape Ramps
Concept - The idea of an escape ramp is simple. Trapped animals generally swim around the perimeter of a trough, looking for a way out. The escape ramp is located to intercept the critter and give them a means of escape.
General Ramp Requirements - NRCS Standard 614/645 requires the installation of an escape ramp in watering facilities.
Materials - The material used for their construction range from wood, metal, fiberglass, cement and plastic.
Configuration - It is also very important to consider the following:
- Ramp should fit close to the sidewall of the tank to prevent animals from getting trapped behind the ramp.
- The ramp should extend down to the very bottom of the tank. A large percentage of small animal drowning occur when the water level is only a couple of inches. If they can't reach the ramp, they aren't getting out. Give the critters a way out.
- Maximum ramp slope is 45 degrees. Minimum 30 degrees.
- Have a traction surface.
- Wings should touch the sidewall to prevent animals from becoming trapped behind the ramp.
- In large tanks ramps should be located every 30 ft.
Optional Attachment Straps
These optional attachment straps create a "hanger" for the ramp, allowing installation without drilling holes into the your trough. They work well on aluminum, plastic or concrete troughs.