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Wild Predator Invasion

Can we return apex predators to their natural environments without endangering humans? Airing April 2, 2014 at 9 pm on PBS Aired April 2, 2014 on PBS

Program Description

Over the last few centuries we have shot, trapped, and skinned the predators that formerly thrived at the top of the food chain in the wild. Wild bears, wolves, and big cats are all in retreat, and a growing number of scientists are discovering that by eliminating predators, we have changed the environment. Removing predators from the wild has thrown ecosystems off-kilter, triggering domino effects that scientists are just beginning to understand. In "Wild Predator Invasion," NOVA follows scientists who are trying a simple but controversial solution: returning apex predators—like wolves, bears, and panthers—to their natural environments. Can these newly reintroduced predators restore the natural balance of their ecosystems without threatening the humans who live among them?

Broadcast Credits

PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Nick Clarke Powell
EDITED BY
Gerard Evans
Rob Tinworth
CAMERA
Rob Goldie
NARRATED BY
Ted Marcoux
SOUND
Steven Bowden
AUDIO MIX
Danny Finn
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Paula Robert
PRODUCTION EXECUTIVE
Laura Davey
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Marie O’Donnell
PRODUCTION TEAM
Emma Chapman
Evi Efue
Kirsty Leishman
ANIMATION
Weave
ONLINE EDITORS
Alex Leask
Michael H. Amundson
COLORISTS
Peter Lynch
Michael H. Amundson
ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
Maggie Oakley
RESEARCHER
Sarah Conner
Lizzie Crouch
ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
AP Archive
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Forest and Wildlife Service of the Provincia Autonoma Di Trento, Italy
Getty Images
NARA
NASA/JPL/NGA
NPS
Photolibrary/Oxford Scientific (Ofs)
Pond5
ProSiebensat.1 TVD GmbH
State Archives of Florida
Thought Equity Motion/National Geographic
Wolfgang Wiggars
SPECIAL THANKS
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
NOVA SERIES GRAPHICS
yU + co.
NOVA THEME MUSIC
Walter Werzowa
John Luker
Musikvergnuegen, Inc.
ADDITIONAL NOVA THEME MUSIC
Ray Loring
Rob Morsberger
CLOSED CAPTIONING
The Caption Center
POST PRODUCTION ONLINE EDITOR
Spencer Gentry
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jennifer Welsh
PUBLICITY
Eileen Campion
Eddie Ward
SENIOR RESEARCHER
Kate Becker
NOVA ADMINISTRATOR
Kristen Sommerhalter
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Linda Callahan
PARALEGAL
Sarah Erlandson
TALENT RELATIONS
Scott Kardel, Esq.
Janice Flood
LEGAL COUNSEL
Susan Rosen
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Rachel Connolly
DIGITAL MANAGING PRODUCER
Kristine Allington
SENIOR DIGITAL EDITOR
Tim De Chant
DIRECTOR OF NEW MEDIA
Lauren Aguirre
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
Lisa Leombruni
UNIT MANAGER
Ariam McCrary
POST PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Brittany Flynn
POST PRODUCTION EDITOR
Rebecca Nieto
POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
Nathan Gunner
COMPLIANCE MANAGER
Linzy Emery
BUSINESS MANAGER
Elizabeth Benjes
DEVELOPMENT PRODUCER
David Condon
PROJECT DIRECTOR
Pamela Rosenstein
COORDINATING PRODUCER
Laurie Cahalane
SENIOR SCIENCE EDITOR
Evan Hadingham
SENIOR PRODUCERS
Julia Cort
Chris Schmidt
SENIOR SERIES PRODUCER
Melanie Wallace
MANAGING DIRECTOR
Alan Ritsko
SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Paula S. Apsell

Produced for NOVA by BBC

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Wild Predator Invasion Additional Material © 2014 WGBH Educational Foundation
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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

IMAGE:

(Florida panther)
© Purestock/Getty Images

Participants

Al Arcia
Pest Controller
Tim Bowers
Bear Paw Outfitters
Kira Cassidy-Quimby
Yellowstone National Park
Mark Cunningham
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Claudio Groff
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Mark Lotz
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Dave Onorato
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Roy Renkin
Yellowstone National Park
Doug Smith
Yellowstone National Park

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