Journal article

Managing the timing and speed of vehicles reduces wildlife-transport collision risk

Casey Visintin, Nick Golding, Rodney van der Ree, Michael A McCarthy

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH PART D-TRANSPORT AND ENVIRONMENT | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

Understanding wildlife-vehicle collision risk is critical to mitigating its negative impacts on wildlife conservation, human health and economy. Research often focuses on collisions between wildlife and road vehicles, but collision risk factors for other types of vehicles, less examined in the literature, may also be informative. We studied spatial and temporal variation in wildlife-train collision risk in the State of Victoria, Australia. We quantified train movements in space and time, and mapped species occurrence likelihood, across the railway network. Using spatially- and temporally-resolved collision data, we fitted a model to analyse collisions between trains and kangaroos; accounting..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank V/Line for their generous collaboration; in particular, Sam Parsons, who queried and provided the collision statistics used for the study. Michaela Plein provided valuable comments on the manuscript. This project was supported by a University of Melbourne International Research Scholarship and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions.