NATURE’s Animals Behaving Worse explores the wickedly ingenious ways our wild neighbors are staking their claim for territory in an increasingly human-controlled world.
Charges of theft, property destruction, disturbing the peace, and even assault are on the rise — against animals. It’s become an all-out turf war, but just who is invading whose territory?
As cities sprawl into wilderness areas, animals are responding by exploiting human environments to their advantage — and doing so in devious ways. Foxes and squirrels have resorted to thievery in midwestern towns, stealing property from yards, while bears in California and gangs of baboons in South Africa burglarize homes for meals.
Though some animal intrusions may pose a mere nuisance, others are causing catastrophic damage. International travel and commerce have enabled wild invaders to easily cross borders and stake out new territories. Asian carp are poised to wipe out the Great Lakes’ native fish species, legions of red imported fire ants are wreaking havoc in the southern United States, and aggressive swarms of Africanized “killer” bees are terrorizing Arizonans.
This compelling sequel to NATURE’s Animals Behaving Badly is an amusing, yet cautionary tale that investigates the motives behind the mischief. What may appear as bad behavior is simply an animal’s natural response to our increased impact on the planet. As the boundaries between human and animal habitats blur, our actions may in fact be aiding and abetting these Animals Behaving Worse.
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ANIMALS BEHAVING WORSE
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KIM & JAY DEIST
GORDON WARDELL PH.D.
THE HOME DEPOT
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BOB & ALEXIS SASKOWSKI
SYDNEY ROSS SINGER
STEVE THOMPSON DDS
BILL & DONNA WHITE
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SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENT INC.
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive In Charge
A Production of John Rubin Productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York
This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.
© 2006 Educational Broadcasting Corporation
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Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
About the Writer
Gianna Savoie is a New York based freelance writer and documentary film producer specializing in science and natural history. Her work has appeared on the award-winning PBS series, NATURE as well as on The Discovery Channel. She has also written and illustrated a book on rainforest plants.
Photos for "Overview" and "America's Least Wanted" by James Donald © EBC. Specific photo credits for "America's Least Wanted" noted in context. Photo for "Resources" © Grace Atkins. Other photos from Animals Behaving Worse.
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