Wildlife Accident Monitoring and Mitigation in British Columbia: WARS 1988-2007 Special Annual Report

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Wildlife Accident Monitoring and Mitigation in British Columbia: WARS 1988-2007 Special Annual Report

Leonard Sielecki - 2010

Organization: Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, British Columbia, Canada

Location: British Columbia

Abstract:

The Wildlife Accident Reporting System (WARS) is designed to collect and store information on wildlife killed on highways in British Columbia. The WARS database contains over 109,000 records collected since 1978. Wildlife accident information is used by the Ministry to:
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.
The success of the WARS system in British Columbia has made it a model for other agencies seeking to monitor wildlife-related motor vehicle accidents.

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Document Type: pre-mitigation protocols mitigation design justification to mitigate other mitigation initiatives
Project Type: fencing overpass routine maintenance guidelines signage underpass
Infrastructure Asset: existing roadway
Fauna: medium mammals large mammals