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Assessing Feasibility of Mitigating Barn Owl - Vehicle Collision in Southern Idaho

Started: August, 2013 Ended: January, 2016 Project ID #4W4565 Status: Completed

Objective

The purpose of this project is to identify the areas of highest barn owl road mortality on a segment of Interstate 84; to determine the roadway, geographical and biological factors contributing to mortality; and to explore management/mitigation activities that may reduce such collisions.

Abstract

Barn owls are killed by vehicles in large numbers along major roads in southern Idaho. Interstate 84 represents the highest vehicle-caused mortality rate recorded for barn owls worldwide. Additionally, as collisions happen at night and at high speeds, owl-vehicle collisions put motorists in a dangerous and potentially costly position. WTI is teaming with researchers at Boise State University to identify the areas of highest barn owl road mortality along a segment of I-84; to determine the roadway, geographical and biological factors contributing to mortality; and to explore management/mitigation activities that may reduce such collisions.

Contacts

Sponsors & Partners

  • Boise State University Sponsor

Part of: Road Ecology

Project Tagged In: wildlife-vehicle collisions

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