Reducing the incidence of wildlife roadkill: improving the visitor experience in Tasmania

Tasmania boasts Australia’s highest incidence of wildlife roadkill, a sight that often offends tourists. In some situations, these populations are threatened by high levels of road mortality. Roadkill also negatively impacts the tourism industry because it represents a risk to driver safety. The objectives of this project were to address these issues by evaluating techniques to reduce wildlife roadkill and discussing suitability and implementation of these methods in Tasmania. Several measures were identified as being likely to reduce wildlife roadkill and/or decreasing visitor distress on account of roadkill. These are: wildlife signage, escape routes, table drain (ditch) management, platypus crossings, underpasses and potentially odour repellents. Light-coloured road surfacing and use of “driving lights” remain as possibilities for further trials. In terms of further research, priority should be given to research furthering our understanding of roadkill events and sites, and wildlife behaviour in reaction to oncoming traffic. This information will better equip research into wildlife mitigation measures. (a)

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  • Authors:
    • MAGNUS, Z
    • KRIWOKEN, L K
    • MOONEY, N J
    • JONES, M E
  • Publication Date: 2004

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01011287
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1920704795
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:59PM