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Tuesday, November 3 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
County-level Factors Affecting Deer-vehicle Collisions in Tennessee

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Murray Gheesling, Eric Pelren, Bradley Ray, Jessica Cobb –University of Tennessee at Martin

The primary wildlife collision concern for drivers in Tennessee is white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Our study examines county-level variables and deer-vehicle collisions (DVCs) in order to identify factors most responsible for DVCs in the state. Areas of DVCs are not randomly distributed. We assessed the relationship among DVCs, year, deer harvest levels (previous year and current year), human population, area km2, municipal km2, road km, cropland ha, and forested land ha for all 95 counties in Tennessee from 2004-2012 using Poisson regression analysis with log-link function and Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) modeling. We tested 13 a priori models. Results showed the all-variable model was most accurate, although models containing harvest previous year vs. harvest current year ranked higher even though the former was initially found to be insignificant. Our results suggest that DVCs in Tennessee are a complex matrix of variables. Our recommendations for management are quality deer management, roadside vegetation maintenance, fencing, and driver education including seasonal DVC awareness through media.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 1:40pm - 2:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon A

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