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Wild Otters: Predation and Populations

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Wild Otters answers the need for an up-to-date, scientifically-oriented introduction to the Lutra lutra species. Based in part on the author's extensive field observations, the book provides a superb basis for active conservation management of a species faced with an increasingly hostile environment. Topics include social organization and behavior, food and foraging strategies, ecological information on their main prey fish, problems of energetics and thermo-insulation, population structure, mortality and ...

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Overview

Wild Otters answers the need for an up-to-date, scientifically-oriented introduction to the Lutra lutra species. Based in part on the author's extensive field observations, the book provides a superb basis for active conservation management of a species faced with an increasingly hostile environment. Topics include social organization and behavior, food and foraging strategies, ecological information on their main prey fish, problems of energetics and thermo-insulation, population structure, mortality and reproduction, and the impact of humans. Packed with illustrations and photographs, Wild Otters is perfect for students and researchers in ecology, conservation, zoology, and animal behavior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198540700
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 6.38 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Banchory
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Spatial organization, holts, and habitat 26
3 Social behaviour 67
4 Diet 94
5 Fish as prey: numbers, behaviour, and availability 125
6 Otters fishing: hunting behaviour and strategies 154
7 Thermo-insulation of otters in the sea and fresh water 184
8 Populations, survival, and mortality 203
9 Synthesis: some generalizations and speculations 237
10 Otters, man, and conservation 252
References 270
Index 287
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