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2 February 2021 Effects of Forest Roads on Large Mammal Behaviour
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Forest roads are the most important infrastructural facilities to exploit forests that are renewable natural resources. They are of great importance for all kinds of scientific and technical interventions to be made to the forest. Despite the benefits of forest roads, they have great potential to cause degradation and fragmentation of natural habitats. The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of forest road technical features and intensity of use (traffic volume) on movements of mammals. From August 2017 to September 2017, a total of six forest roads and their surroundings were observed from fixed plots with wildlife camera traps. The study identified a total of twelve species of mammals. All together 589 individuals were counted from 461 wild animal images. Golden jackal, wild boar, and red fox are dominant species in the study area. The species composition of wild mammals was not strongly related to road characteristics. Drivers and wild animals use the same area but differ in time of use. It was also determined that wild animals adopted the road as a part of natural surroundings.

Yilmaz Turk, Selcuk Cometen, and Akif Keten "Effects of Forest Roads on Large Mammal Behaviour," Polish Journal of Ecology 68(4), 334-341, (2 February 2021). https://doi.org/10.3161/15052249PJE2020.68.4.006
Received: 1 September 2020; Published: 2 February 2021
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