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Wild Otters: Predation and Populations


By: Hans Kruuk

304 pages, 67 b/w photos, 74 line illus

Oxford University Press

Hardback | Feb 1995 | #38653 | ISBN: 0198540701
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Important monograph on the wild otter Lutra lutra, from the author of The Social Badger. Based on direct observations of otters in Scotland, the text provides comprehensive descriptions of the populations and behaviour of this species. Chapters cover food and foraging strategies, ecological information on the otter's main prey fish, problems of energetics and thermo-insulation, population structure, mortality and reproduction, and the impact of humans. The author also draws comparisons with other otter and carnivore species.


Introduction; 1. Spatial organization, holts, and habitat; 2. Social behaviour; 3. Diet; 4. Fish as prey: numbers, behaviour, and availability; 5. Otters fishing: hunting behaviour and strategies; 6. Thermo-insulation of otters in the sea and freshwater; 7. Populations, survival, and mortality; 8. Synthesis: some generalizations and speculations; 9. Otters, man, and conservation; References; Index

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