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Issue:ISSN 1000-7083
          CN 51-1193/Q
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A Review for Methods of Studying Road Wildlife Ecology
Author of the article:WANG Yun1, PIAO Zhengji2, GUAN Lei1, KONG Yaping1
Author's Workplace:(1. China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Beijing 100029, China; 2. Changbai Mountain Academy of Sciences, Erdaobaihe, Jilin Province 133613, China)
Key Words:road mortality; wildlife crossing highway; road effect zone; wildlife crossings; roadside; road ecology
Abstract:This paper summarized the basic methods of road wildlife ecology with four aspects (road-kill animals, road barrier effect, road-effect zone, wildlife crossing structures), which are composed of sample line/ site method, track method (sand bed, snow track transects etc.), infrared camera/video, GPS collaring, trap, tag, and mark-recapture and DNA methods. By analyzing the advantage and disadvantage of each method and comparing the research status in China with other countries, we provided four developmental directions on road wildlife ecology research: 1) selecting typical road section of the ecological sensitive area as a long-time sample line to record the road mortality, and attempting to carry out collaborative investigation with highway maintenance department; 2) selecting typical road section of the ecological sensitive area as a long-time sample line, using track methods to study barrier and avoidance effect of the road on wildlife, and attempting to use GPS collaring method with the help of wildlife protective agency to improve the accuracy; 3) using track method and sample line/site method and infrared camera/video to study road-effect zone for wildlife, and further using GPS collaring to analyze road network effect zone for wildlife from the view of landscape; 4) using track method and infrared camera/video to monitor the efficiency of wildlife crossing structures, and in the future, using GPS collaring and DNA methods to carry out molecular road ecology research to preserve the population stability.
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