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OttersEcology, behaviour and conservation$
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Hans Kruuk

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198565871

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565871.001.0001

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Otter ecology and its background

Otter ecology and its background

(p.1) Chapter 1 Otter ecology and its background

Hans Kruuk

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines environmental and conservation concerns that underlie the research described in this book. There are examples of observations of otters of different species in the wild, main threats to species including different kinds of pollution and exploitation, historic declines and recoveries, and public interest. Main questions concerning otter ecology and behaviour are outlined, especially the factors that limit their numbers, present knowledge of population changes and causes of declines, habitat, resource availability and usage by otters, the role of energetics in their ecology, their role in ecosystems, and methodologies for study in the wild.

Keywords:   otter ecology, population, declines, pollution, energetics, ecosystems

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