Wildlife Fatalities Project (Phase I)

The New Mexico 2025 Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan, published by the New Mexico Department of Transportation, outlines long range objectives for the state. Two of the long-range objectives deal specifically with wildlife-vehicle encounters: Reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions; and, improve coordination between New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the New Mexico (NM) Department of Game and Fish to identify and develop solutions at critical wildlife crossings. To address the high wildlife-vehicle collision rate in New Mexico, a standardized data reporting method and analysis are needed in the state. The NMDOT Research Bureau recommended the document, WARS 1983-2002: Wildlife Accident Reporting and Mitigation in British Columbia Special Annual Report, as a successful project to use as a model for New Mexico. The eight stated goals are: (1) Identify accident-prone locations and accident trends; (2) direct cost-effective mitigation efforts; (3) evaluate the effectiveness of mitigation techniques; (4) provide data for highway planning purposes; (5) model and forecast accidents; (6) analyze traffic and climatic relationships for species-specific accident trends; (7) develop species-specific accident risk profiles for highway corridors; and (8) establish policies and strategies for accident issues and mitigation initiatives. These goals were met with the extensive historical data collection practices in place in British Colombia and are the goals for New Mexico. This project initially focuses on goals one and four, with the others developing during the life of the project.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Bibliography; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 72p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01044286
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NM04ENV-03
  • Contract Numbers: CO 4616
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2007 3:09PM