The Bear Facts Revealed

The Bear Facts Revealed

The Bear Facts Revealed

Noted wildlife biologist Ben Kilham discusses the social behavior of black bears.

The Nature Museum at Grafton will present a talk by wildlife biologist Ben Kilham, PhD, on Wednesday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at the NewsBank Conference Center, 352 Main Street, Chester. Highlighted by amazing images, the presentation will focus on how the social behavior of black bears resembles that of humans. Years of observing black bears and rehabilitating orphan bears informs Kilham’s expertise. He has studied their habits and forged relationships with them for over two decades, in the process gathering research that provides new insight into bears’ social loves and intelligence. Thought to be solitary, black bears exhibit a social behavior that may parallel early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matrilineal hierarchy and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Kilham, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have rehabilitated some 90 to 100 cubs. They’ve cared for them and fed them until they’re 18 months old, even bringing them into their home, and then helped them successfully return to the wild. Kilham has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books ‘Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild’ and ‘Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.’ He is licensed as a bear rehabilitator by the State of New Hampshire.

Tickets to the event are $7 and can be purchased on line at nature-mueum.org or at the door. The Nature Museum is located at 186 Townshend Road in Grafton.

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