Consistent patterns of vehicle collision risk for six mammal species
Casey Visintin, Rodney van der Ree, Michael A McCarthy
JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT | ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2017
The occurrence and rate of wildlife-vehicle collisions are related to both anthropocentric and environmental variables, however, few studies compare collision risks for multiple species within a model framework that is adaptable and transferable. Our research compares collision risk for multiple species across a large geographic area using a conceptually simple risk framework. We used six species of native terrestrial mammal often involved with wildlife-vehicle collisions in south-east Australia. We related collisions reported to a wildlife organisation to the co-occurrence of each species and a threatening process (presence and movement of road vehicles). For each species, we constructed st..View full abstract
James Johnson, on behalf of Wildlife Victoria, provided the collision data used for the study. Nick Golding advised on statistical methods and provided useful feedback on manuscript revisions. We also received insightful comments from two anonymous reviewers. This project was supported by a University of Melbourne International Research Scholarship and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions. Rodney van der Ree was supported by the Baker Foundation.