Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in Croatia – A Hazard for Humans and Animals

Nikica Šprem, Dejan Duduković, Tomislav Keros, Dean Konjević

Abstract


Wildlife-vehicle collisions (WVC) have increased and now there is a world-wide problem related to significant mortality of wildlife, habitat fragmentation, change in behavior and even disappearance of local endangered populations. Along with these deleterious effects on wildlife, WVC can also result in injuries and deaths of humans. During the three-year monitoring, a total of 7,495 wildlife-vehicle collisions were recorded, including mainly roe deer (73%), while other species were less frequently affected (wild boar – 9%; brown hare – 5%; and red deer and pheasant each with 4%). Incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions were observed according to territorial distribution, seasonal and daily occurrence and type of road (total and per 1 km).

Keywords*


wildlife-vehicle collisions, risk factors, mitigation measures

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