Intensive Exploitation of Amphibians by Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in the Wołosaty Stream, Southeastern Poland

@inproceedings{Pagacz2010IntensiveEO,
  title={Intensive Exploitation of Amphibians by Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) in the Wołosaty Stream, Southeastern Poland},
  author={S. Pagacz and J. Witczuk},
  year={2010}
}
Eurasian otters, top predators of freshwater ecosystems, are food limited; thus, species conservation plans should consider local food resources. We used spraint (faecal) analysis to assess diet of otters inhabiting a river in the Polish Carpathians. Although elsewhere in their range otters feed mostly on fish, in our study area amphibians were equally important prey (43% of all prey occurrences, 54% of estimated biomass of consumed prey). Amphibians dominated in the otter diet in winter and… Expand
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