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Sustainable Landscape Planning to Mitigate Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions

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Wildlife Department, National Institute for Research and Development in Forestry Marin Dracea, 077190 Voluntari, Romania
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Silviculture Department, Faculty of Silviculture and Forest Engineering, Transilvania University of Brașov, 500036 Brașov, Romania
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Ancuta Fedorca and Mihai Fedorca are equally contributing authors.
Academic Editors: Christine Fürst and Ileana Pătru-Stupariu
Land 2021, 10(7), 737; https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070737
Received: 11 June 2021 / Revised: 5 July 2021 / Accepted: 12 July 2021 / Published: 14 July 2021
Road development, traffic intensification, and collisions with wildlife represent a danger both for road safety and species conservation. For planners, deciding which mitigation methods to apply is often problematic. Through a kernel density estimate, we analyzed 715 crossing locations and wildlife–vehicle collisions (WVCs) involving brown bears, lynx, wolf, red deer, roe deer, and wild boar in the Southeastern Carpathian Mountains. We identified 25 WVC hotspots, of which eight require urgent mitigation of existing infrastructure. Moreover, many of these hotspots are in Natura 2000 sites, along road sections where vegetation is in close proximity, animal movement is the highest, and driver visibility is low. Our study is the first in Romania to recommend practical solutions to remediate WVC hotspots and benefit sustainable landscape management. View Full-Text
Keywords: traffic; wildlife–vehicle collisions; infrastructure; safety traffic; wildlife–vehicle collisions; infrastructure; safety
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Fedorca, A.; Fedorca, M.; Ionescu, O.; Jurj, R.; Ionescu, G.; Popa, M. Sustainable Landscape Planning to Mitigate Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions. Land 2021, 10, 737. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070737

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Fedorca A, Fedorca M, Ionescu O, Jurj R, Ionescu G, Popa M. Sustainable Landscape Planning to Mitigate Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions. Land. 2021; 10(7):737. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070737

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Fedorca, Ancuta, Mihai Fedorca, Ovidiu Ionescu, Ramon Jurj, Georgeta Ionescu, and Marius Popa. 2021. "Sustainable Landscape Planning to Mitigate Wildlife–Vehicle Collisions" Land 10, no. 7: 737. https://doi.org/10.3390/land10070737

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