Animals Behaving Worse

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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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Online content for Animals Behaving Worse was originally posted February 2006.

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Television Credits

ANIMALS BEHAVING WORSE

Narrated by
CRAIG SECHLER

Producer
JAMES DONALD

Written by
JOHN RUBIN

Editor
JIM OHM

Original Music
CM CREATIVE

Supervising Producer
JOHN RUBIN

Cinematographer/Videographer
PAUL ATKINS
DOUG BERTRAN
KEITH BRUST
MARK KNOBIL
DAVID LINSTROM
STEVE MCCARTHY
NEIL RETTIG
ERICH ROLAND

Associate Producer
MOSES SHUMOW

Assistant Camera
MARK GERASIMENKO

Sound Recordist
GRACE ATKINS
MICHAEL COTTRELL
PAUL DAHLSEID
BRYAN HOOPES
T.J. KILIAN
RON SCELZA
MICHAEL TINGLE

Research
SUSANNE CARVIN

Stock Footage Research
LESLIE CLARK

Consultant
KIM & JAY DEIST
GORDON WARDELL PH.D.

Special Thanks
ANN BRYANT
BRENDA HALLORAN-DONALD
DON HELDOORN
THE HOME DEPOT
TWEED JOHNSON
ALEX KACELNIK
ROB KAHSEN
SCOTT LANYON
SALLY LEWIS
WILLIAM MAUTZ
MATT O'HARA
THE OTTAWA HERALD
GREG HOVEY
VICTORIA LINDSEY
ARMANDO PARRA
CLEON RICKEL
BOB & ALEXIS SASKOWSKI
KATHA SHEEHAN
SYDNEY ROSS SINGER
LIONEL SUTTON
STEVE THOMPSON DDS
QUINN ALLEN-WARDELL
BILL & DONNA WHITE

Stock Footage
ASSOCIATED PRESS TELEVISION NEWS
BBC MOTION
THE CONUS ARCHIVE
ITN ARCHIVE
KHON-TV
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TELEVISION
PELICAN PICTURES S.A.
SUMMERHILL ENTERTAINMENT INC.
ANN BRYANT
DON HELDOORN

For NATURE:

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
PATTY JACOBSON
JILL CLARKE

Associate Producer
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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

All Rights Reserved.

 

Web Credits

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistant
DANIEL ROSS

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

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.

Thirteen Online is a production of Thirteen/WNET New York's Kravis Multimedia Education Center in New York City. Dan Goldman, Executive Director, thirteen.org. Bob Adleman, Business Manager.