A Standardized Framework for Using Camera Traps to Monitor Wildlife Crossing Structures

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A Standardized Framework for Using Camera Traps to Monitor Wildlife Crossing Structures

Julia Kintsch, Patricia Cramer -

Organization: ECO-resolutions, LLC; Utah State University

Location: Colorado

Abstract:

THE CHALLENGE
Inconsistent Monitoring
Wildlife crossing structures are increasingly being planned and constructed in Colorado to mitigate the negative impacts of roads on wildlife and to reduce incidence of wildlife-vehicle collisions. Yet the few monitoring efforts deployed have not followed standardized protocols and some have only captured species presence at structures.

Several studies have been conducted at select locations (e.g., Singer et al. 2011) and/or for select species (e.g., Crooks et al. 2008). Recently, CDOT’s Southwest Region, has committed to placing camera traps at all new crossing locations in the region for 3 years.

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Document Type: pre-mitigation monitoring guidelines post-mitigation monitoring guidelines
Project Type: overpass underpass
Infrastructure Asset: large underpass medium underpass small underpass
Fauna: amphibians large mammals medium mammals reptiles small mammals