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Analyses of road-Kills data harvested voluntarily : The case of the eurasian Badger (Meles Meles), the european Polecat (Mustela Putorius) and the Raccoon (Procyon Lotor) in wallonia

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Ziegler de Ziegleck aùf Rheingrüb, Henry ULiège
Promotor(s) : Licoppe, Alain ULiège
Date of defense : 29-Aug-2017 • Permalink : http://hdl.handle.net/2268.2/3110
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Title : Analyses of road-Kills data harvested voluntarily : The case of the eurasian Badger (Meles Meles), the european Polecat (Mustela Putorius) and the Raccoon (Procyon Lotor) in wallonia
Translated title : [fr] Analyses de données de mortalités routières récoltées volontairement: le cas du blaireau eurasien (Meles meles), du putois européen (Mustela putorius) et du raton-laveur (Procyon lotor) en Wallonie.
Author : Ziegler de Ziegleck aùf Rheingrüb, Henry ULiège
Date of defense  : 29-Aug-2017
Advisor(s) : Licoppe, Alain ULiège
Committee's member(s) : Hebert, Jacques ULiège
Dufrêne, Marc ULiège
Lejeune, Philippe ULiège
Schockert, Vincianne ULiège
Language : English
Number of pages : 79
Keywords : [en] Road-kills
[en] Roads
[en] Badger
[en] Polecat
[en] Raccoon
[en] Wallonia
[en] voluntary data
[en] citizen science
[en] indicator
[en] hotspots
[oth] Meles meles
[oth] Mustela putorius
[oth] Procyon lotor
Discipline(s) : Life sciences > Agriculture & agronomy
Target public : Researchers
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Institution(s) : Université de Liège, Liège, Belgique
Degree: Master en bioingénieur : gestion des forêts et des espaces naturels, à finalité spécialisée
Faculty: Master thesis of the Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (GxABT)

Abstract

[en] Road infrastructures impact wildlife species in several ways. In particular, animals could suffer from habitat loss, traffic mortality, barrier to movements and populations subdivision. Despite the importance of those issues and the large amount of available data, only few published papers investigated road-wildlife interactions in Wallonia, Belgium so far. Road-kills observations recorded between 2006 and 2016 in three different databases have therefore been analysed, focusing on the Eurasian badger (Meles meles), the European polecat (Mustela putorius) and the raccoon (Procyon lotor). Those data have been harvested voluntarily, without any sampling program. In this master thesis, an original methodology has first been designed to sort out and select relevant data. To do so, distances to roads have been used and double-counts have been removed. Then, the goal was to test whether roadkill observations could serve as an indicator of wildlife populations’ status and trends. Results showed poor to medium similarity between collision data and data that were considered as the reference. Finally, impacts of roads on these mammals have been investigated. Hotspots maps have been drawn, and it has been calculated that at least 7,42% to 13,69% of badgers’ populations are killed on roads each year. However, all those results are only partially reliable as they depend on search effort, which was unknown. For further research, it is recommended to improve data encoding and to investigate deeper the issue of sampling effort.


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  • Ziegler de Ziegleck aùf Rheingrüb, Henry ULiège Université de Liège > Master bioingé. gest. forêts & esp. nat., à fin.

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  • Hebert, Jacques ULiège Université de Liège - ULg > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels
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  • Dufrêne, Marc ULiège Université de Liège - ULg > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Biodiversité et Paysage
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  • Lejeune, Philippe ULiège Université de Liège - ULg > Ingénierie des biosystèmes (Biose) > Gestion des ressources forestières et des milieux naturels
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  • Schockert, Vincianne ULiège Université de Liège - ULg > Département de Biologie, Ecologie et Evolution > Zoogéographie
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