Wild Otters: Predation and Populations (Hardback)
  • Wild Otters: Predation and Populations (Hardback)

Wild Otters: Predation and Populations (Hardback)

Hardback 302 Pages / Published: 23/02/1995
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Evidence pointing to a decline in the European Otter population (Lutra lutra) is causing concern among ecologists and conservationists. This important new book written from direct observation of otter populations in Scotland, is the first attempt at a scientific description of populations and behaviour of this species. This essential research offers a fascinating insight into the ecology of mammals living in a hostile environment and provides a much needed basis for active conservation management.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198540700
Number of pages: 302
Weight: 580 g
Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 21 mm

Kruuk's study is a good example of how traditional methods of field work may be combined with radiotelemetry to provide a good understanding of the organization of individuals and populations. This book is an excellent description of a unique long-term field study, and is written in such a way that it should appeal to specialists and non-specialists alike. The photographs and line drawings which complement the text combine to provide a high standard of presentation. * Piran White, Journal of Animal Ecology, 65, 1996 *
his book is an invaluable source of data which constitute a significant advance in our knoweldge of the species' behaviour ... The beautiful illustrations which accompany the text give the book a special character and enhance its readability still further. * Ildiko Kemenes, University of Sussex, Animal Behaviour, 50.6 *
For those working with otters or with a strong interest in mammals, this book is definitely recommended. * Melanie Findlay, Scottish Wildlife, No. 26, Summer '95 *
a fine natural history study which covers all aspects of this fascinating animal's life form social organisation and behaviour, food and foraging strategies, prey, population, mortality and reproduction, as well as the impact from humans ... I would think everyone interested in wildlife and nature conservation will want to read this book * Western Morning News *
one of the most informative and fascinating books I have read for many years * David C. Houston, Glasgow Naturalist, 23.1 June 1996 *
I found this book fascinating. Although no doubt biased because of my own interest in otters, I recommend it to anyone interested in carnivore ecology and conservation. * Katherine Ralls, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, TREE vol. 10, no. 10, October 1995 *

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