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Landscape and Ecological Engineering

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 221–229 | Cite as

The influence of time factors on the dynamics of roe deer collisions with vehicles

  • Gytautas Ignatavicius
  • Vaidotas Valskys
Original Paper
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Abstract

Environmentalists and authorities responsible for road safety are trying to reduce the number of wildlife collisions with vehicles (WCV) worldwide. Roe deer are the most common large animal involved in WCV in Europe. This article discusses the distribution of 2010 wildlife-vehicle collisions involving roe deer (WVRD) in Lithuania in 2013 and 2014. The collisions were analyzed in terms of monthly and daily data for each month separately, and the results are compared with the time of sunrise and sunset in Lithuania. By analyzing trends of natural factors that influence the number of collisions we show that the frequency of WVRD is strongly correlated with seasonal and yearly changes in sunrise and sunset. This research shows that these natural factors are extremely important for the dynamics of WVRD. Future analysis of these factors and application of appropriate preventative measures should significantly reduce the risk of collision between vehicles and roe deer.

Keywords

Wildlife collisions Time factors Road Traffic Population dynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vilniaus UniversitetasVilniusLithuania

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