Sloths may be beautiful animals, but their instinctive need to climb and hang from branches can lead them to do so on power lines. Sloths and other animals that interact with power lines can easily be electrocuted and cause power outages in the process. Critter Guard's Line Guards and Pole Guards are designed to prevent sloths from accessing power lines.
Sloths are found in many countries throughout Central America and South America, and they are particularly common in countries that are near the equator, such as Costa Rica. Sloths live in trees, particularly in rainforests, and their instincts to climb and hang from trees can lead them to hang from power lines and other places that are both dangerous to sloths and problematic for people. Most power lines are located close enough to trees that sloths and other animals can climb onto a power line with little difficulty.
Electrocution is the primary danger to sloths and other animals that live near power lines. Many countries in Central and South America have lost a significant portion of their rainforest wildlife to electrocution.
Some countries have lost many of their tree-dwelling mammal populations to electrocution, including the beloved sloth. Certain species, such as the pygmy three-toed sloth, are considered to be critically endangered.
At Critter Guard, we care about preventing sloths and other animals from being injured by power lines. Contact us today to learn more about how our Line Guard and Pole Guard systems can deter sloths from power lines near your home or substation!