For those searching for a more in-depth read on mustelids, these books will assist you with your studies, or general curiosity.
(1) Badgers at My Window by Phil Drabble [ISBN: 978-0853801863]
Requires a synopsis.
(2) Badger Behaviour Conservation & Rehabilitation by George E. Pearce [ISBN: 978-1907807046]
A fascinating insight into the badger’s world. Badger biology, life in the sett, rescue & rehabilitation, consultancy, badgers & farming, and badger-watching with George Pearce – an expert on badgers.
George has surveyed over 700 sites, visited 1,500 setts, been consulted as an expert in 120 animal cruelty cases and rehabilitated more than 100 badgers. Brought up on a farm, he earned his living as a farmer for 45 years. Today, he is a badger consultant and one of the foremost experts on the British mammal he admires the most.
(3) The Natural History of Badgers by Ernest G. Neal [ISBN: 978-0816014095]
Discusses the habitats, behavior, feeding habits, and social life of badgers and examines the relationship between humans and badgers.
(4) No Badgers in my Wood by Phil Drabble [ISBN: 978-0718118532]
Requires a synopsis.
(5) When Badgers Wake by Eileen A. Soper
Requires a synopsis.
Ferrets & Polecats
(1) Polecats (The British Natural History Collection) by Johnny Birks [ISBN: 978-1873580981]
A book by the same author above. This one takes notice of the polecat, and its silent recovery in Britain.
(1) Pine Martens (The British Natural History Collection) by Johnny Birks [ISBN: 978-1873580325]
A book about pine marten ecology and behaviour in Britain and Ireland. Author Johnny Birks combines the latest research with very personal descriptions, complimented by humorous illustrations that are right on point; as well as high quality photos.
(1) An Otter’s Story by Emil E. Liers
A true story of the lives of two otters, their parents and cubs. The story was written by a Minnesota naturalist in the hope that it would clear up some of the misunderstanding about these little animals.
(2) Bee a Particular Otter by Daphne Neville, i [ISBN: 978-0907537038]
Bee is an Asian short-clawed Otter and lives with Daphne Neville, a good friend and supporter of the International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF). Bee travels with Daphne and helps raise awareness in otters. She is also a companion and is often invited, along with Daphne, to various gatherings and events. This book briefly tells some of Bee’s adventures over the years that she has been with Daphne and contains lovely colour illustrations by Jaquie Govier.
(3) Otters: Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation by Hans Kruuk [ISBN: 978-0198565871]
This book includes information about all species of otter in North America, Europe and elsewhere throughout the world.
(4) Tarka the Otter: His Joyful Water-Life and Death in the Country of the Two Rivers by Henry Williamson
The novel describes the life of an otter, along with a detailed observation of its habitat in the country of the River Taw and River Torridge in North Devon.
Stoats & Weasels
(1) The Natural History of Weasels and Stoats: Ecology, Behavior, and Management by Carolyn M. King and Roger A. Powell, illustrated by Consie Powell [ISBN: 978-0195322712]
A very well written book that goes to great lengths to explain the truths about stoats and weasels across the world; as well as their impact in different environments. You’ll learn about both the positives and negatives, but the book maintains a mostly friendly image of these mustelids.
Despite the high number of pages, this book uses a clear language supplied with illustrations that makes it fun to plow through, while still managing to satisfy scientific needs.
(1) The Wolverine Way by Douglas H. Chadwick [ISBN: 978-0980122749]
Glutton, demon of destruction, symbol of slaughter, mightiest of wilderness villains… The wolverine comes marked with a reputation based on myth and fancy. Yet this enigmatic animal is more complex than the legends that surround it. With a shrinking wilderness and global warming, the future of the wolverine is uncertain. The Wolverine Way reveals the natural history of this species and the forces that threaten its future, engagingly told by Douglas Chadwick, who volunteered with the Glacier Wolverine Project. This five-year study in Glacier National Park – which involved dealing with blizzards, grizzlies, sheer mountain walls, and other daily challenges to survival – uncovered key missing information about the wolverine’s habitat, social structure and reproduction habits. Wolverines, according to Chadwick, are the land equivalent of polar bears in regard to the impacts of global warming. The plight of wolverines adds to the call for wildlife corridors that connect existing habitat that is proposed by the Freedom to Roam coalition.
Contains Multiple Mustelids
(1) Handbook of the Mammals of the World – Volume 1 by Lynx Edicions, illustrated by Toni Llobet [ISBN: 978-84-96553-49-1]
These are so-called ”coffee table books”- huge, heavy books meant for display with large pictures in them. Mustelids are included in the first volume, Carnivores; and while it’s not entirely mustelid-centered, we’d like to suggest it as an extra addition to the list because the illustrated plates are among the best we’ve seen. It provides a full guide to all the species within Mustelidae, as well as a nice comparison to all the other families within the order Carnivora.