Landscape factors influencing roe deer roadkill frequencies on the M3 highway of Hungary

Markolt, Ferenc and Hervai, András and Havas, Gergely and Szemethy, László and Heltai, Miklós: Landscape factors influencing roe deer roadkill frequencies on the M3 highway of Hungary. In: Review on agriculture and rural development, (1) 1. pp. 44-49. (2012)

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Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is one of the most dangerous one for traveller’s safety amongst the regularly occurring, conflicting wildlife species on the Hungarian highways. Severity of roe deer collisions might be minimized by manipulating its influencing factors, but these factors are firstly to identify and recognize. In this study we investigated the landscape features which remain totally or almost unaltered on a larger scale of time. Our purpose was to evaluate how the easily, and free-of charge-accessible spatial databases may be used to derive landscape factors by predicting spatial patterns of roe deer roadkills on the Hungarian M3 highway. The result of the generalized linear model suggested that, despite the fact that six of the implemented variables were considered to be highly significant, none of them had a remarkable impact on the roadkills’ spatial pattern, since their coefficient (B-value) were in each cases almost equal to zero. We concluded that existing landscape databases which had been used in this work are not suitable to support roadecology-decisions alone, but may have a supplementary role. This consequence put the weight to the other possible predicting factors (such as traffic-, and human related factors), and emphasizes the importance of the proper mitigation measures, and well maintained protective fencing, taking into special account that temporary dysfunctions of the protective fencing may lead to occasional – and so unpredictable – wildlife occurrences on highways.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Review on agriculture and rural development
Date: 2012
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 2063-4803
Page Range: pp. 44-49
Language: English
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Természettudomány, Agrártudomány
Additional Information: Bibliogr.: 49. p.
Date Deposited: 2016. Oct. 17. 09:56
Last Modified: 2021. Mar. 22. 15:18

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