We find them in the evening digging through our garbage, hiding under our houses, or walking through our yards, streets, and parks. Skunks seem perfectly adapted to life around us. But we are less comfortable around them, for fear of their potent spray. As we expand our urban areas, many skunks find themselves increasingly unwelcome neighbors. It seems everyone has their own skunk story. But what do we really know about these infamous black and white creatures?
Watch as a California town overrun with skunks deals with their furry problem, and see what life is like for an evolutionary biologist in New Mexico who runs one of the few sanctuaries for skunks. Meet a researcher on the sandy shores of Martha’s Vineyard who stalks her striped specimens at night, and a woman in Ohio who runs a shelter and adoption agency for abandoned pet skunks. Is That Skunk? paints a complete portrait of the misunderstood skunk family, Mephitidae, and the people who love them.
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IS THAT SKUNK?
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM
BBC Motion Gallery
Charles & Marjorie Fulp
Cody & Arnold Hildebrand
National Geographic Digital Motion
Albuquerque Biological Park
Museum of Southwestern Biology, Arthropod Division
University of New Mexico Biology Department
Wild Brother Animal Behavior Study
Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
HD Online Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY
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