Prioritization of Wildlife-Vehicle Conflict in Nevada (NDOT 604-16-803)

Roads, especially high traffic thoroughfares, affect wildlife, their movements, and habits. A Wildlife-Vehicle Conflict occurs when travelling motorists collide with animals on roadways. The collisions are usually fatal to the animals involved, while also being extremely hazardous, even fatal, to the motorists. In Nevada, there are hundreds of reported crashes per year with animals; however, the crash data represents only a fraction of the total collisions that actually occur between motorists and wildlife. Due to the vast number of rural roads in Nevada, Wildlife-Vehicle Conflicts are a problem both for the traveling public, as well as for the wildlife populations across the state. Safe travel on the roads in Nevada depends, in part, on reducing collisions with wild animals as well as large domesticated animals, such as horses and cows. In order to alleviate the collisions, the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) has installed a total of twenty-three wildlife underpasses and overpasses. Nevada currently does not possess a methodology for systematically melding crash and carcass data together in a scientifically objective manner. As a result, the purpose of this research is to bring the crash and carcass data together, to develop a plan that identifies needs and sets priorities associated with the interaction of roadway infrastructure and wildlife movements, to describe road crossing mitigation measures, to create a usable GIS file that highlights Wildlife-Vehicle Conflict problem areas, and to prepare a framework and standard measures for NDOT to utilize as benchmarks.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $100,000.00
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Nevada Department of Transportation

      1263 South Stewart Street
      Carson City, NV  United States  89712
    • Performing Organizations:

      Patricia Cramer

      264 E. 100 North
      Logan, Utah  United States  84321
    • Principal Investigators:

      Cramer, Patricia

    • Start Date: 20161215
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01650587
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nevada Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: 604-16-803
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 6 2017 4:16PM