Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer

Traffic-related mortality of free-ranging animals is among the most commonly observed human-wildlife conflicts. These conflicts pose serious threats to human safety as well as having great economic consequences. Although considerable attention has been paid to the role of roads in affecting free-ranging animals, the effects of railways have been less studied. Our study provides initial insights into the spatial and temporal variability of the roe deer-train collisions at 4 selected railway sections in the Czech Republic. Using data on 69 roe deer-train collisions collected during 2009, we tested the effects of railway section length, train frequency, relative abundance of roe deer, and time of year (by month) on collision probability. The number of roe deer-train collisions was influenced by train frequency (i.e. the higher the number of trains passing through individual study sections, the higher the number of collisions) and the time of the year (i.e. the highest number of collisions occurred in winter, particularly in February). Future research efforts should focus on describing roe deer behavior and movement patterns along the railways as well as the mortality factors related to the accidents. Such findings will help to identify hotspots of future accidents and to design suitable mitigation measures.

Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer

Traffic-related mortality of free-ranging animals is among the most commonly observed human-wildlife conflicts. These conflicts pose serious threats to human safety as well as having great economic consequences. Although considerable attention has been paid to the role of roads in affecting free-ranging animals, the effects of railways have been less studied. Our study provides initial insights into the spatial and temporal variability of the roe deer-train collisions at 4 selected railway sections in the Czech Republic. Using data on 69 roe deer-train collisions collected during 2009, we tested the effects of railway section length, train frequency, relative abundance of roe deer, and time of year (by month) on collision probability. The number of roe deer-train collisions was influenced by train frequency (i.e. the higher the number of trains passing through individual study sections, the higher the number of collisions) and the time of the year (i.e. the highest number of collisions occurred in winter, particularly in February). Future research efforts should focus on describing roe deer behavior and movement patterns along the railways as well as the mortality factors related to the accidents. Such findings will help to identify hotspots of future accidents and to design suitable mitigation measures.

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Kaynak Göster

Bibtex @ { tbtkzoology152888, journal = {Turkish Journal of Zoology}, issn = {1300-0179}, eissn = {1303-6114}, address = {}, publisher = {TÜBİTAK}, year = {2014}, volume = {38}, pages = {479 - 485}, doi = {10.3906/vet-1304-43}, title = {Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer}, key = {cite}, author = {Kusta, Tomas and Hola, Michaela and Keken, Zdenek and Jezek, Milos and Zika, Tomas and Hart, Vlastimil} }
APA Kusta, T , Hola, M , Keken, Z , Jezek, M , Zika, T , Hart, V . (2014). Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer . Turkish Journal of Zoology , 38 (4) , 479-485 . DOI: 10.3906/vet-1304-43
MLA Kusta, T , Hola, M , Keken, Z , Jezek, M , Zika, T , Hart, V . "Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer" . Turkish Journal of Zoology 38 (2014 ): 479-485 <https://dergipark.org.tr/tr/pub/tbtkzoology/issue/12602/152888>
Chicago Kusta, T , Hola, M , Keken, Z , Jezek, M , Zika, T , Hart, V . "Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer". Turkish Journal of Zoology 38 (2014 ): 479-485
RIS TY - JOUR T1 - Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer AU - Tomas Kusta , Michaela Hola , Zdenek Keken , Milos Jezek , Tomas Zika , Vlastimil Hart Y1 - 2014 PY - 2014 N1 - doi: 10.3906/vet-1304-43 DO - 10.3906/vet-1304-43 T2 - Turkish Journal of Zoology JF - Journal JO - JOR SP - 479 EP - 485 VL - 38 IS - 4 SN - 1300-0179-1303-6114 M3 - doi: 10.3906/vet-1304-43 UR - https://doi.org/10.3906/vet-1304-43 Y2 - 2021 ER -
EndNote %0 Turkish Journal of Zoology Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer %A Tomas Kusta , Michaela Hola , Zdenek Keken , Milos Jezek , Tomas Zika , Vlastimil Hart %T Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer %D 2014 %J Turkish Journal of Zoology %P 1300-0179-1303-6114 %V 38 %N 4 %R doi: 10.3906/vet-1304-43 %U 10.3906/vet-1304-43
ISNAD Kusta, Tomas , Hola, Michaela , Keken, Zdenek , Jezek, Milos , Zika, Tomas , Hart, Vlastimil . "Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer". Turkish Journal of Zoology 38 / 4 (Mayıs 2014): 479-485 . https://doi.org/10.3906/vet-1304-43
AMA Kusta T , Hola M , Keken Z , Jezek M , Zika T , Hart V . Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer. Turkish Journal of Zoology. 2014; 38(4): 479-485.
Vancouver Kusta T , Hola M , Keken Z , Jezek M , Zika T , Hart V . Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer. Turkish Journal of Zoology. 2014; 38(4): 479-485.
IEEE T. Kusta , M. Hola , Z. Keken , M. Jezek , T. Zika ve V. Hart , "Deer on the railway line: spatiotemporal trends in mortality patterns of roe deer", Turkish Journal of Zoology, c. 38, sayı. 4, ss. 479-485, May. 2014, doi:10.3906/vet-1304-43

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