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Ben Kilham Presents “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me about Being Human”
BETHLEHEM, N.H.—The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and the Ammonoosuc Chapter of NH Audubon will host noted wildlife biologist Ben Kilham for a presentation about black bears at The Rocks February 21.
A renowned black bear researcher and Lyme, N.H., resident, Kilham has shared his knowledge about bears with more than 40,000 people through his lectures. His new slide show is based on the social relationships within the black bear society.
Kilham, who has a wildlife management degree from the University of New Hampshire and his PhD in Environmental Science from Drexel University, has gained his bear knowledge first hand by raising and observing dozens of black bears that have been orphaned. In the spring of 1992, Kilham found himself parenting a pair of orphaned, emaciated, four-pound bear cubs. The experience has led to his parenting over 40 cubs, releasing them back into the wild, and researching and observing the life cycle of the black bear.
His books about these experiences, “Among the Bears: Raising Orphan Cubs in the Wild,” was published in 2002 and his second “Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence” in 2013.
By thinking more from the bear's perspective, Kilham has designed workshops that provide wildlife managers with tools to disarm threatening bear behavior without destroying bears. Kilham has been featured in National Geographic television specials and articles in The New York Times, People Magazine, The Boston Globe, as well as on the “Today Show,” “Dateline NBC,” “CBS Coast to Coast,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and many others.
The free program starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday February 21.
The Rocks is owned and operated by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (www.forestsociety.org). The Forest Society is non-profit membership organization founded in 1901 to protect the state’s most important landscapes and promote wise use of its natural resources.