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The Natural History of Weasels and Stoats: Ecology, Behavior, and Management

The Natural History of Weasels and Stoats: Ecology, Behavior, and Management [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn M. King , Roger A. Powell , Consie Powell
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...provides a wide range of information on evolution, ecology, morphology, behaviour and physiology on weasels and stoats...It includes many different recent studies, from Europe (mainly Britain), New Zealand and North America. This is one of the major books on mustelids. It is also nicely illustrated. (Ge'raldine Veron Mammalia)

The emphasis of this new edition has moved from a British to a N. American flavour with much to say about the booming populations of mustelids in New Zealand; still an excellent natural history book for the British ecologist. British Ecological Society 2008

This is some of the best current natural history writing. (Highland News)

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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 in the 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. Now thoroughly 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, readable account.

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 weasels replace 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 the time 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8241 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 2 edition (18 Sep 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000TRH2E6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars It couldn't be better! 15 April 2014
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A very complete book, it's comprehensive, insightful and highly readable. I guess this is the best book about weasels and stoats so far. Nice illustrations too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know 16 Mar 2011
Very in depth but is the book that is needed to find everything out about stoats. We don't have weasels where I live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!! Best ever!!! 1 Nov 2007
By randy belair - Published on
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, stoats or mink. I have a whole new understanding and respect for these creatures with thanks to Dr. King and Prof. Powell. This will also help me much with the work I do with ferrets. Many thanks for such wonderful work!!!

Miss Randy Melanie Belair
The Ferret Aid Society
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 23 April 2009
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If you are interested, the solution is simple. BUY THIS BOOK!

*easy to understand
*loaded with satisfying behavior and ecology information
*manages to never get boring
*beautiful illistrations to complement topics
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