Is That Skunk?

About

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?

Television Credits

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Producer
JAMES DONALD

Written By
JOHN RUBIN

Editor
JAMES OHM

Cinematographers
NEIL RETTIG
ANDREW SHILLABEER
DOUG BERTRAN
TOM ROBERTSON

Associate Producer
CICI CLARK

Senior Producer
JOHN RUBIN

Original Music
CHRISTOPHER MANGUM

Sound Recordists
STEVE BORES
STAN CHAN
JIM GALLUP
STEVE GUERCIO

Animation
HOWARD STERN

Art Direction
POOLE FILMS

Additional Cinematography
JAMES DONALD

Online Editor
DAVID ALLEN

Colorist
LAUREN MESCHTER

Sound Design
GEOF THURBER
RAUL ROSA

Mix
GREG MCCLEARY

Archival Material
BBC Motion Gallery
Ray Dyer
Charles & Marjorie Fulp
EFootage
Cody & Arnold Hildebrand
Luanne Johnson
Lucky Owyang
ITN Source
National Geographic Digital Motion
Gary Sumner
William Wood

Special Thanks
Albuquerque Biological Park
Barb’s Bees
Kathryn Coan
Gwen Dragoo
Museum of Southwestern Biology, Arthropod Division
Nancy Greene
Eric Schaad
University of New Mexico Biology Department
Wild Brother Animal Behavior Study
Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Audio Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
DAVID NOLING

Offline Editor
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive In Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A Production of John Rubin Productions, Inc. and Thirteen in association with WNET.ORG

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Web Credits

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
DIANA COFRESÍ-TERRERO
CHIE WITT

Designer
JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
ANGELA SAKRISON

Photos for “Introduction,” "Do Skunks Make Good Pets?" by Cici Clark / © WNET.ORG. Photo for "Mephitidae - This Family Stinks!" by James Donald / © WNET.ORG. Other images from Is That Skunk?

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