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Analysis of Deer and Elk-Vehicle Collision Sites along State Highways in Washington State

Description: Approximately 3,000 deer and 85 elk carcasses are removed by WSDOT personnel from Washington state highways annually. The report provides an analysis of temporal and spatial relationships associated with carcass removal sites. Models were developed to assess influences of road characteristics, habitat features, deer densities, and deer behavior to frequency of vehicle collisions at carcass removal sites.

  • Date Published: May, 2008
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 701.1
  • Last Modified: July 18, 2008
  • Authors: W.L. Myers, W.Y. Chang, S.S. Germaine, W.M. Vander Haegen, T.E. Owens.
  • Originator: Washington (State). Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
  • # of Pages: 50 p., 627 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: State highways, Collisions, Deer, Ungulates, Accident locations, Accident causes, Animal behavior, Roadside fauna, Correlation analysis.
  • Keywords: Ungulates, deer, black-tailed deer, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk, habitat, model, wildlife, animal-vehicle collisions, highways, Washington State.
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