The Natural History Of Weasels And Stoats: Ecology, Behavior, and Management

Paperback | February 8, 2007

byCarolyn M. King, Roger A. PowellIllustratorConsie Powell

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Field naturalists have observed the activities of weasels for centuries. Their descriptions were often accurate but sometimes misinterpreted the animals' behaviors and underlying explanations for those behaviors. "Organized natural history" became one of the roots of the science of ecology inthe 1920s and by the 1960s scientists had begun to study the biology of weasels with all the critical, objective advantages of modern theory and equipment. Until the first edition of this book appeared in 1989 no one had attempted to explain these results to non-specialist naturalists. Nowthoroughly revised, this book will continue to be the main one-stop reference for professionals. But both kinds of knowledge are brought together here-- observations for the traditional naturalist and rigorous measurements and interpretations for modern scientists, integrated into a single, readableaccount. This new edition provides a comprehensive summary of the extensive advances over the last 15 years in our knowledge of these fascinating animals. A new U.S.-based co-author reshapes the content to be more U.S.-centric. Stories about North America trappers and backwoodsmen interacting with weaselsreplace some (not all) of the previous stories about English gamekeepers. These changes permeate the book, so readers familiar with the first edition will recognize some material, but will find a lot that is new. Much less reliable European information quoted in the first edition was there at thetime when no better information was available. Now a new NZ chapter focuses on predation problems of the species introduced to that country. This edition, much more than a simple update, is now truly an international treatment and a more valuable resource.

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Field naturalists have observed the activities of weasels for centuries. Their descriptions were often accurate but sometimes misinterpreted the animals' behaviors and underlying explanations for those behaviors. "Organized natural history" became one of the roots of the science of ecology inthe 1920s and by the 1960s scientists had be...

Carolyn M. King is Senior Lecturer at the University of Waikato. Roger A. Powell is a Professor Zoology at North Carolina State University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 5.98 × 9.21 × 0.98 inPublished:February 8, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195322711

ISBN - 13:9780195322712

Customer Reviews of The Natural History Of Weasels And Stoats: Ecology, Behavior, and Management

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from ABSOLUTELY FAB!!! Highly recommend! This book not only makes it easier to understand these incredible animals but it was also fascinating and easy to read. I truly enjoyed the anecdotal tales and factual references and would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone interested in ferrets, weasels or mink. I have a whole new understanding and respect for these creatures with thanks to Dr. King and Prof. Powell. Many thanks for such wonderful work!!! Miss Randy Melanie Belair President The Ferret Aid Society www.ferretaid.org
Date published: 2007-11-01

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Table of Contents

1. Weaselly distinguished, stoatally different2. Hair trigger mouse traps with teeth3. Molt and winter whitening4. Body size5. Food6. Hunting behavior7. The impact of predation by weasels on populations of natural prey8. Adjustable living spaces9. Reproduction10. Populations: density and breeding success11. Populations: survival and mortality12. Human attitudes to weasels in their native environments13. Stoats as introduced pests in New Zealand14. Puzzles: sexual dimorphism, delayed implantation and co-existence among weasel speciesConclusion

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"Comprehensive reference... Well written and accessible to a wide range of readers."--CHOICE