Modify vegetation along roads to reduce collisions with mammals by enhancing visibility for drivers
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Collisions with vehicles can be a major cause of mortality for wild mammals and, especially where larger mammal species are involved, a cause of injury, death and economic loss for motorists (Conover et al. 1995). A range of interventions can be employed to in an attempt to reduce the animal-vehicle collision rate. One option may be to cut back vegetation along roadsides in areas with high collision rates. This could give motorists a clearer sight of animals at the roadside ahead and, hence, more chance to take avoiding action if they see an animal moving onto the road.
Conover M.R., Pitt W.C., Kessler K.K., DuBow T.J. & Sanborn W.A. (1995) Review of human injuries, illnesses, and economic losses caused by wildlife in the United States. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 23, 407–414.