Date of this Version
Taylor, J.D. 2018. Book Review: The Eurasian beaver handbook: Ecology and management of Castor fiber. The Journal of Wildlife Management 82(6):1321-1322. doi: 10.1002/jwgm.21454
Like its congener in North America (North American beaver [Castor canadensis]), the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) was locally extirpated from many parts of its range, largely because of over harvest and changing land use practices in the presence of an increasing human population. Similarly, both species also have responded well to changes in environmental awareness and wildlife management practices. Presently, both species are managed for the ecosystem services that they provide and the conflicts, or disservices, they create with humans (e.g., excessive flooding). The release of The Eurasian Beaver Handbook: Ecology and Management of Castor fiber (i.e., Eurasian Beaver Handbook) occurred at an opportune time because the public has growing interest in beaver ecology in the context of climate change. Eurasian Beaver Handbook was written by 12 individuals from 4 countries, the combination of which makes for a well-rounded, comprehensive guide.