Anjum S., Ali H., Ahmad A., Bibi F.

Road kills of vertebrate fauna in Dir Lower, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Abstract Research on road kills of wild animals in the district of Dir Lower, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan has not been previously reported. This study was conducted to estimate the incidence of vertebrate fauna road-kills on a heavily used 22 km long stretch of the road within the study area. A total of 65 road kills of vertebrate animals were reported during a 7-month-long survey period. Overall, road kills of nine species were reported with the highest percentage being domestic cats (Felis catus) and the lowest percentage being goats (Capra aegagrus hircus) and fowl (Gallus gallus).



Keywords Biodiversity; conservation; domestic animals; road kills; traffic-flow; wild animals

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