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Evaluation of Wildlife Warning Reflectors for Altering White-Tailed Deer Behavior along Roadways

Gino J. D'Angelo, Joseph G. D'Angelo, George R. Gallagher, David A. Osborn, Karl V. Miller and Robert J. Warren
Wildlife Society Bulletin (1973-2006)
Vol. 34, No. 4, Special Section: Farm Bill Contributions to Wildlife Conservation (Nov., 2006), pp. 1175-1183
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4134331
Page Count: 9
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Evaluation of Wildlife Warning Reflectors for Altering White-Tailed Deer Behavior along Roadways
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Abstract

We evaluated the behavioral responses of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) to 4 colors of wildlife warning reflectors (red, white, blue-green, and amber) that are purported to reduce the incidence of deer-vehicle collisions. We observed white-tailed deer behaviors relative to roads before and after installation of wildlife warning reflectors using a forward-looking infrared camera during 90 observation nights. We concluded that wildlife warning reflectors were ineffective in changing deer behavior such that deer-vehicle collisions might be prevented.

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