Deer-Vehicle Collisions Along the Suburban-Urban Fringe

  • Rusty A. Gonser
  • J. Scott Horn


Deer-Vehicle Collisions (DVCs) are a significant problem in many areas of the United States (Conover et al. 1995). In 2002 alone, there were over 1.5 million DVCs resulting in over 1 billion dollars in damages, 150 human fatalities, and approximately 1.5 million white-tailed deer deaths (Curtis and Hedlund 2005). In sum, there are roughly 4,100 accidents/day resulting in over 2.7 million dollars of damage/day. DVCs are an increasing hazard to motorists as human development spreads into rural areas where residents commute daily to urban locations. Furthermore, through urban sprawl cities further encroach into environments where wildlife have no choice but to interact with humans. In many cases these interactions can have negative impacts for both humans and wildlife.


Land Cover Global Position System Spatial Autocorrelation Landscape Structure Wildlife Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rusty A. Gonser
    • 1
  • J. Scott Horn
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Life SciencesIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteIndiana
  2. 2.Utah Geological SurveySalt Lake City

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