Wild Otters: Predation and Populations

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byHans Kruuk

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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 andbehaviour 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.

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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 andbehaviour of this species. This essential re...

Hans Kruuk is at Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Banchory.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:302 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.83 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198540701

ISBN - 13:9780198540700

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Spatial organization, holts, and habitat2. Social behaviour3. Diet4. Fish as prey: numbers, behaviour, and availability5. Otters fishing: hunting behaviour and strategies6. Thermo-insulation of otters in the sea and freshwater7. Populations, survival, and mortality8. Synthesis: some generalizations and speculations9. Otters, man, and conservationReferencesIndex

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`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