Nebraska Ornithologists' Union


Book Review- Nebraska Bird Review (September 1981)

Copyright 1981, Nebraska Ornithologists' Union. Used by permission.


Furbearing Animals of North America

Thirty furbearing species found in Mexico- opossum, beaver, muskrat, nutria, coyote, gray wolf, red wolf, artic fox, red fox, gray fox, grizzly/brown bear, black bear, polar bear, ringtail raccoon, marten, fisher, short-tailed weasel, long-tailed weasel, mink, wolverine, badger, striped skunk, spotted skunk, river otter, sea otter, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, and northern fur seal- are discussed in this book. There is a short comment for the order and the family and then each species (with the weasels, the wolves, and the skunks each treated together) is discussed under these headings: introduction, description, distribution (including a page-sized map of North-America with the occupied areas shaded), travel, locomotion, food, behavior, senses, communication, breeding, birth and young, life span, sign, enemies, human relations, and commercial value. Several black and white photographs are shown for each species. There is a glossary and an extensive bibliography. The shortest species account is seven pages and the average is about twelve pages, so there is enough information for all but the more serious students.

The Bird Identification Calendar, Common Birds of North America, 1982.