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Road kills : Sequestering animal mortality on the roadways

 Aug 27, 2016

Source: The Sangai Express

By Rahul Ashem

Effective speed control measures and designing roads with animal in mind in the first place would make the biggest difference.

Roads are biological barrier to wildlife. The term “Roads” has become one of the most important threats to faunal diversity in the present scenario. It can be reconsidered as kinds of various ecological consequences including loss of habitat and fragmentation of a given environment.

Therefore, the connectivity of habitat and permeability of road systems has to be developed in mitigating the animal mortality rate on the roadways. Numerous studies have been demonstrated the ill effects of major roads on survival prospects of animal belonging to various environmental orders.

It is increasingly recognised that road kills even overwhelm the effects of poaching in driving many animal species to extinction. Several approaches and techniques can be develop to reduce the effects of roads and road mortality rate on animal populations by introducing animal crossing structures, summarise previous animal road mortality mitigation studies, describe common mitigation measures, and discuss factors that influence the overall effectiveness of mitigation strategies.

Animal killed on roadways is a signal threat to biological diversity that can have long term effects on ecosystem goods and services. Each year hundreds of animal are killed on the State roads (National Highway, State Highway, Districts and major corridor) that crawl off the road to die after being hit and nor do they account for all species. On the forested road, the arboreal reptiles were sometimes affected, the highest percent being those that were diurnal followed by the nocturnal crepuscular and both day and night active species. read more>>