Considering that most people first learnt about mustelids or are more familiar with them through media, we feel this section of our site is just as important as any scientific piece.
With all the myths, inaccuracies, and misconceptions about mustelids in media, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish fiction from reality. Despite the complexity of these animals, their roles are often typecast, especially in the Western world. Otter species are usually portrayed as friendly and playful, badgers short-tempered and wise, while all other better-known mustelid species tend to play the antagonist.
In the Eastern world and certain regions of Europe, mustelids tend to be given more diverse personalities and roles. When it comes to their appearance, we find big productions commonly give mustelids canid or rodent features, while lesser-known companies will often attempt to capture them with more accuracy. In the end, wildlife documentaries can help clear up some misconceptions perpetuated by fictional media, but they can be counterproductive when filmmakers give in to sensationalism or romanticising.
What we could use more of in media
Balance and perspective. People tend to forget that while most mustelids are tough, they can be playful and protective. They are also not invulnerable and must deal with life-threatening situations on a daily basis. We rarely see any depictions or stories of a mother weasel caring for her young or a wolverine trying to survive being pursued by another predator. A more truthful representation of these animals would greatly help the public have a better understanding of them.