Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?

Beckmann, Christa and Shine, Richard 2012, Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?, Austral ecology, vol. 37, no. 5, pp. 629-632.

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Title Do drivers intentionally target wildlife on roads?
Author(s) Beckmann, ChristaORCID iD for Beckmann, Christa
Shine, Richard
Journal name Austral ecology
Volume number 37
Issue number 5
Start page 629
End page 632
Total pages 4
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2012-08
ISSN 1442-9985
Keyword(s) Bufo marinus
invasive species
road kill
Summary Despite frequent reliance on surveys to document public attitudes towards conservation issues (such as invasive-species control), only rarely do researchers assess the validity of statements made by the public in response to such surveys. Therefore, how well responses match actual behaviour remains an open question. We conducted a survey asking drivers if they had seen and/or run over (intentionally or not) snakes, native frogs or invasive cane toads (Rhinella marina) on roads in the Northern Territory of Australia. To compare actual driver behaviour to the survey responses, we also carried out field experiments where we quantified the rates at which model snakes, frogs and toads (and controls) were run over on a rural highway. Our results show a discrepancy between survey responses and driver behaviour: for example, 25% of the people we surveyed indicated that they intentionally run over cane toads, yet field experiments showed that model toads were run over no more frequently than expected by chance, or than any other type of model.
Language eng
Field of Research 050103 Invasive Species Ecology
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
060201 Behavioural Ecology
Socio Economic Objective 960899 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity of Environments not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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