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

Carolyn M. King and Roger A. Powell


Weasels are the most common and the least known of the world's carnivores. In predatory power they rival any of the big cats; indeed, gram for gram they are much stronger than any lion. But they are small and hard to see in the wild, and they can live their secret lives alongside people who never guess that they are there. In their native environments the weasels (Mustela nivalis, M. erminea, and M. frenata) are small but important members of a community of predators. They balance a fine line between the hunters and the hunted: they can follow their prey under snow and into their last refuges, ... More

Keywords: wildlife, weasels, Mustela, predation, small mammals, biological control, community ecology, conservation, Europe, North America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195322712
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195322712.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carolyn M. King, author
University of Waikato

Roger A. Powell, author
North Carolina State University